Poore joins Robins


8th November 2013

Australian prop Justin Poore has become the latest player to leave cash-strapped Wakefield Trinity Wildcats after signing a two-year deal with Hull KR.

The 28-year-old former State of Origin forward, who made 23 Super League appearances in his first season with the Wildcats, had 12 months left on his contract with them but has taken an option to secure his future.

Wakefield, who have already sold Tim Smith, Kyle Amor and Paul Aiton to ease their financial woes, will not receive a transfer fee for Poore but will get a high earner off their wage bill.

Poore said: "I finished last season at Wakefield and had all intentions of going back there but then a week before I was due back for pre-season I got a phone call from my manager asking if I'd be interested in joining Hull KR.

"One of my best mates in Michael Weyman is coming here and I've also played alongside the likes of Neville Costigan and Kris Keating. They were all factors in me coming here and it's definitely a club that's on the up."

Poore, a former Australian schoolboy international, spent six years in the NRL with St George Illawarra and also had a spell at Parramatta before making the switch to Super League with Wakefield ahead of the 2013 season.

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock said: "Justin is a good, experienced player who has played the game at the highest level and I was impressed with the way he adapted to the Super League last season.

"The likes of him, Michael Weyman and Neville Costigan will bring a lot of professionalism both on and off the field and I'm looking forward to seeing them in a Hull KR shirt."

A Wakefield spokesman said: "Everyone at the club thanks Justin for his efforts for the club and wish him well in the future."