Robins swoop for Carlile


The 21-year-old former Bradford and Huddersfield Giants player gives new Head Coach, Craig Sandercock, further options in the dummy-half role and will provide stiff competition for new team-mates, Josh Hodgson and Lincoln Withers.


Creating that depth within the squad is something that Sandercock is keen on and he’s delighted to have Carlile on board at Craven Park.


“Keale is a quality player with enormous potential,” he said. “He is only young but has had a taste of first team rugby with Huddersfield and I know that Nathan Brown has a good wrap on him. I am looking forward to working with Keale and he will definitely give us good options next year.”


Carlile himself is looking forward to a new chapter in his fledgling career and said:


“The signings that Hull KR have made, along with the new coach and the good young players that they have already got, bodes well for the future. It’s an exciting new era and I am glad to be a part of it.


“I know there’s going to be stiff competition for the number nine spot but it will bring the best out of us all. It’s a long season and people get injured so we will all have some game time and it’s important we stick together as a squad.”


In further good news for the Robins, James Green has agreed a one year deal with the club. The big front rower was named as the U20s Player of the Year last season and is a player that Sandercock believes could have a big future.


“I’ve seen some footage of James and he’s certainly a fair size,” the Rovers’ Head Coach said. “He was a consistent performer for the U20s last season and being in a full-time environment as part of the first team squad will be of huge benefit to him. If he applies himself in the right way and does the right things then he could become a very good player.”


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