Hull KR sign Kavanagh

Hull KR have confirmed that signing of Scotland international prop Ben Kavanagh, who will wear the number 33 shirt for the Robins.

The 28-year-old front rower was at Bradford last season, and he has also played for Widnes and Wakefield, after coming through the ranks at Wigan.

Hull KR are still a massive club and they’re striving to get straight back into Super League, as am I,” Kavanagh said.

“I’ve got aspirations to get back up there again after a year in the Championship last season and I want to achieve that with Rovers.

“Tim Sheens has put together a really good squad with some quality players so I think we should be aiming to get that top spot and then kick on from there to hopefully get promotion in the Qualifiers.

“I’ve been around the game for a bit and I’m hoping I can bring that experience to the team. Nick Scruton is over there so hopefully I can work well with him again and there’s some good young kids too in Mitch Clark who I played with at Bradford and Kieran Moran who was in the Scotland squad with me.

“There’s Robbie Mulhern as well so we’ve got a good group up front and hopefully we can have a big impact this year.

“I’ve got a bit of security now and I can just get my head down and concentrate on playing some good rugby.

“I know quite a few of the lads already so that should help with fitting in and the Tenerife camp next week has come at a good time for me. We’ll be spending a lot of time together and I’ll get to know everybody and all the calls, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Rovers coach Tim Sheens is delighted to have reinforced his pack options, following the recent departure of Dane Tilse from the club.

“We’ve been searching for another prop since Dane Tilse departed and Ben will fit into the squad really well,” he said.

“He adds to the strength we have in the forwards and he has the advantage of playing with a number of our players already.

“They’ve all had good things to say about him and he adds experience to what is a relatively young squad, including international experience which is a bonus.

“Ben was part of the Scotland squad which had a really successful Four Nations at the end of last year and he’s excited about joining the club, so we’re looking forward to having him on board.”