Hull KR sign Keating

Canterbury half-back Kris Keating will join Hull KR in 2014, having agreed a three-year deal with the club.

Keating, 24, started his career with the Parramatta and made his senior debut for them against Manly back in 2008.

The scrum-half went on to make 41 appearances for the Eels before joining the Bulldogs ahead of the 2011 campaign.

He has made over 40 appearances in the blue and white of Canterbury during the past three seasons, and was part of the side which lost out to Melbourne in last year’s NRL Grand Final.

Keating also has representative honours to his name having played for City Origin against Country Origin in both 2010 and 2011.

Robins’ CEO Mike Smith struck the deal on a recent trip to Sydney and says that the signing of Keating is a coup for the club.

Smith said, “I met up with Kris and his father whilst I was over in Sydney. It’s always better to speak to people face to face rather than over the phone and it gave me a chance to let them know what Hull KR is all about and vice-versa.

“Kris is a very good player and a nice bloke who’ll bring a lot to the club, both on and off the field. We’re delighted that we’ve managed to secure his signature and I’m sure our supporters will take to him pretty quickly.”

Keating is very much looking forward to the new chapter in his career and he said:

“I’ve always had a keen interest in the Super League, and know quite a few of the boys who are playing over in England.

“They all have nothing but good things to say about the competition and now feels like the right time to come over and test myself in the Super League.

“I’ve done a fair bit of research on Hull KR, and the city itself, and am really excited about coming over, as is my fiancée. We just can’t wait to get over there and get started.”

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