Willie Peters has today said that half-back Brad Schneider is as good as confirmed as leaving the club at the end of the season following the arrival of Tyrone May.
The German international linked up with the Robins midway through 2023, making his way over from NRL outfit Canberra Raiders.
He kicked the winning drop goal on debut away at Leeds Rhinos in Super League, and a couple of weeks later fired Peters’ side to the Challenge Cup final in the same fashion with a one-pointer against Wigan Warriors at the same venue. Both came in golden point, quickly elevating the 22-year-old to stardom amongst the KR faithful.
The club yesterday though announced the signing of May from Catalans Dragons from 2024, taking up one of their allotted quota spots as a fellow half, and the boss has now confirmed that Australia-born Schneider will more than likely be playing his rugby elsewhere in 2023.
Willie Peters confirms Brad Schneider won’t be a Hull KR player in 2024
Peters told Love Rugby League: “With Brad, it was always a short-term thing, which we’d spoken about initially. I don’t want to talk too much around him about where he’s at or where he’s going, but our initial agreement was always a short-term contract and then to see from there.
“Obviously bringing Tyrone in, that’s who we’re looking at to bring into the halves [next year].”
Pressed further on the matter, the KR boss agreed that the youngster is more likely to move on from Craven Park than remain there, and admitted he doesn’t know where Schneider will be in 2024.
He continued: “Yeah, that’d be right, I mean we don’t have the quota spot. I don’t want to talk too much about Brad in the media because I don’t have a great idea of where he’s at, but we do know that we signed a short-term agreement with him and he knew that when he came to the club through his management.
“That’s where he’s at as far as I know.”
Robins to bid farewell to drop goal hero
After the heroics he carried out in the first few weeks of his ultimately short-lived Robins career, Schneider spoke before the Challenge Cup final about wanting to ‘step up’ again.
Kicking four goals under the arch, including the conversion following Matt Parcell’s late try to send the game to golden point, the former NRL man played his part in a thriller.
After Leigh Leopards’ Gareth O’Brien failed with the first one-pointer attempt in that golden point period, Schneider lined one of his own up from the halfway line which fell short of the required distance, and Leigh charged up the other end from that, with Lachlan Lam eventually the match winner.
Schneider was visibly distraught afterwards on the pitch, and although it won’t be with KR, Peters believes the 22-year-old will be a more rounded player for that disappointment.
He added: “Brad was really upset and emotional after the game. I told him straight away that it would all be a learning curve for him. He’s a young half-back and you get all your learnings early days.
“You learn through experience. We’re not in that final if it wasn’t for Brad. The way he owned the Leeds game in Super League and than that Wigan game [semi-final] with the field goal was admirable.
“In terms of effort and putting everything out there, I thought they did that, Brad included.”