Hull KR release captain Joel Tomkins

Hull KR have released skipper Joel Tomkins on compassionate grounds.

The 32-year-old joined had two years left to run on his contract but the club has accepted a request from Tomkins to cut short his time with the Robins.

Tomkins made 35 appearances for Hull KR, scoring six tires.

Hull KR coach Tony Smith said: “Joel has asked the club for a release on compassionate grounds and we have accepted.

“Joel and I have a great relationship and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with each other.

“Everybody at the club would like to wish him all the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his time, efforts and leadership whilst at Rovers.”

Tomkins added: “I would like to thank all the players, staff and fans of Hull KR for their support during my time at the club.

“I would like to especially thank Neil Hudgell [owner] and Tony Smith for understanding my position and accepting my request to be released.

“I believe that now is the right time for me to move on and look at the next chapter of my career.

“I have really enjoyed working with Tony and genuinely believe he is the right man to take this club to the next level. I wish the team the best of luck for the future.”

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