Super League return confirmed for Oliver Gildart from 2024

Drew Darbyshire
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England international Oliver Gildart will return to Super League from the 2024 season after signing a three-year deal with Hull KR.

The 26-year-old centre will return to England after spending two seasons in the NRL with Wests Tigers, Sydney Roosters (loan) and the Dolphins.

Gildart came through the ranks at his hometown club Wigan, scoring 65 tries in 143 appearances between 2015-21.

On joining Hull KR, Gildart said: “I’m really looking forward to joining Hull KR next season. I’ve been watching the boys play and I love what they’re doing out there at the moment.

“It was a no-brainer for me. Hull KR is a big club and really pushing for that top four spot and rightly so, I think they’ve been playing some really good rugby.

“I spoke to Willie and how he likes the boys to play and it fits in with my play style. I’m looking forward to coming into the club next season and working hard with the boys.

“We’ve got a great mixture at Hull KR next year. We have some great senior players and a good bunch of young lads too for next season. Peta Hiku especially for those coming in, I’ve been watching him closely over here and he’s a great player and a great addition to the team.

“I feel like I’ve matured as a player and a person while in Australia. I’m getting older and with age, you get that experience. I’ve got to work with some amazing coaches and players so it’s been great to learn from them and take a leaf out of their book.

“I’m looking forward to coming home, playing back in the Super League and playing well for Hull KR. I’m excited.”

Hull KR boss Willie Peters delighted to pull off Oliver Gildart coup

Gildart is a two-time Super League Grand Final winner with Wigan and has won international honours for Great Britain and England.

Hull KR coach Willie Peters said: “Oliver is a big signing for us. He’s done it all over here in England with Wigan, winning competitions and playing for England before heading over to the NRL to challenge himself in Australia.

“He’s been away for three years and further developed his game over in Australia. What appealed to me is the club is getting a quality centre in his prime years, ready to prove himself again in Super League and win trophies.

“Oliver is a fast, elusive centre that will bring some real speed to the club’s backline and x-factor to our attack. There’s no doubt Oli will come back a more developed and educated player from the NRL and pass on his knowledge to our younger players like Corey Hall.

“We want to bring winners who have played at the highest level in big games, finals and internationals. He is in line with our vision here at Hull KR and he wants to be a part of that.”

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