Sims joins Rovers
Hull KR have announced the signing of NRL prop forward, Korbin Sims on a two-year contract, subject to visa.
Tony Smith strengthens his squad with the 28-year-old 6,2ft powerhouse to add further muscle and power to his forward pack for 2021 onwards.
The former Brisbane Broncos, Newcastle Knights and St. George star who went on to appear over 140 times in the Australian league, will be making the move to Hull's East Coast in the new year, and is 'eager' to meet the people of Hull and get immersed in the culture.
Sims spoke to KRTV on his move: "I'm very excited about the opportunity that has presented itself for me and my family. I'm excited about the chance to get over to England - I've only been there once with Fiji in the RLWC 2013, so the next two years are going to be really interesting.
"When my manager had told me that there had been some interest from England and Rovers, I was a bit taken aback at first, but when I really thought about it, I saw it as a great opportunity to further my football career.
"'I've actually spoken to Tony a number of times over the last couple days and he wanted to get to know me. He knows my brother Ashton really well from his time in England - the first thing he said to me was I sounded just like him. I wasn't sure whether it was a compliment or an insult!
“The way he was speaking about myself and the other people coming over, the people that he’s already got, and the way Hull KR are moving forward into the future, makes me feel it’s going to be an exciting time to build this proud club.
“I’m looking forward to getting over there and meeting everyone as soon as possible.”
Tony Smith said: “He’s an important part of the jigsaw, we have been keen to strengthen our forward pack and we are certainly doing that with Korbin.
“He brings international as well as NRL experience. He’s a guy that gives everything every time he walks onto the pitch. He’s very professional in his approach to his game and he is always looking to develop.
“He’s super keen. That’s one of the big criteria that’s important – we don’t want anyone to come here that doesn’t want to be here and he’s quite the opposite. If I asked him to get on the plane tomorrow, he’d jump on the plane.
“He’s so excited to enthusiastic about coming here and doing a good job for the club. He’s wholehearted and tough, he’s going to give it his all, so I’m really excited about him – he’s an excitable character and I think he’ll develop into a fans favourite.
“He can play anywhere in the forward pack. On the edge or in the middle. He’s got the skill levels to play some loose forward with that tough, no nonsense attitude, combined with good rugby awareness. He comes from a rugby league family, so he’s been brought up on it, he lives and breathes it."