The club can confirm that Michael Dobson will leave MS3 Craven Park at the end of the current season to link up with the Newcastle Knights.
The Robins’ skipper has signed a one-year deal with the NRL outfit and will leave east Hull having given five years of outstanding service to the red and white cause.
Chairman Neil Hudgell is disappointed to see the 27-year-old go but says he will do so with the best wishes of everyone at Hull Kingston Rovers.
“Michael has always harboured an ambition to go back and play in the NRL again and he goes with our blessing and best wishes,” he told hullkr.co.uk
“He has been a terrific servant to Hull KR and is probably the stand-out player for this club during the Super League era. Michael has also been an inspirational skipper this year and possess a never-say-die attitude which has probably seen him play in some games when he could quite easily have sat it out.
“His move to Newcastle has only happened in the past 24 hours and we are disappointed that the Knights chose to announce the signing before we had officially agreed the release from his contract with ourselves. Michael told me himself last night that he would be leaving and I’m sure that he will continue to be the model professional during the remainder of the year and aim to end his time with Hull KR on a high.”
The search for Dobson’s replacement is already underway with Hudgell asking for the club’s supporters to be patient.
“We’re already on with the task of finding a quality replacement for Michael but won’t be making any panic signings,” he added. “We will find the right recruit, but it won’t happen overnight, so our supporters just need to show a bit of patience.”