Hull KR have announced the signing of North Queensland Cowboys player and Scotland international Kane Linnett in a big move on a three-year-deal.
Linnett, 29, has vast experience in the NRL with over 180 first grade matches and won the league with the Cowboys in 2015, playing at centre for the team led by Johnathan Thurston. A Scotland international with five appearances, the signing of Linnett follows swiftly after the announcement of Mitch Garbutt from Leeds Rhinos as KR aim to improve their squad ahead of a 2019 campaign where the East Yorkshiremen will be keen to steer clear of the lower echelons of Super League.
Head coach Tim Sheens spoke highly of his new recruit, confident that he will add to the Craven Park club both on and off the field. “Kane is a very professional player, a very good player but also a very good person so I think he will add to the culture of the club,” he told the media following the announcement of his signing. “He’s 29 years-old and plays both centre and second row which will give us a lot of depth in that area,” Sheens added.
Linnett, boasting an impressive try scoring record of roughly one in every three matches, remarked of his delight to have signed a deal with KR. “I always wanted to finish my career in the Super League,” the former Sydney Rooster told the media. “I’m really excited to get over there and meet a new bunch of boys, get settled in, work hard and hopefully have a good year,” he continued.
What will please the Hull KR faithful is the ambition Linnett is already showing for his time with the Robins, outlining his hope of winning silverware in Humberside. “Having a senior role, I’ve got a lot of experience in the NRL so I’d like to help some of the younger boys through and it would be great to win a Super League title,” he commented, clearly aiming high.