Cockayne heads back to Rovers


12th November 2013

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats winger Ben Cockayne has completed a move back to Hull KR after signing a two-year deal.

The 30-year-old scored 57 tries in 139 appearances for the Robins from 2006-11 before leaving under a cloud following a series of disciplinary breaches and insists he will return as a changed person.

"I've grown up a fair bit in the past couple of years," Cockayne said. "I've learnt a few of life's lessons the hard way and my life has gone full circle since I was last with the club.

"I've got a focus away from rugby league now which is a successful business that I'm involved with and I really enjoy dealing with that when I'm not training or playing. I'm a different person now and just want to repay a few people who have shown some faith in me.

"Coming back here was something I always thought I'd like to do. But for it to happen now when I feel as though I'm playing some of my best rugby is great and I can't quite believe it really. I'm really happy."

Rovers coach Craig Sandercock said: "I'm looking forward to working with Ben. He's gone really well over the past couple of seasons. I've had a good chat with him and he's coming back here for the right reasons."

Wakefield have accepted an undisclosed fee for Cockayne, who scored 27 tries in 53 appearances and earned a call-up into England's elite training squad this year.

Cockayne, who was still under contract, is the fifth senior player to leave the cash-strapped Wildcats.

Wakefield have lost Tim Smith (Salford Red Devils), Kyle Amor (St Helens), Paul Aiton (Leeds  Rhinos) and Justin Poore (Hull KR) and today confirmed that centre Vince Mellars has left the club by mutual consent and that threequarter Liam Kay has turned down a new contract offer.

"The club thank all for their efforts in the red, white and blue and wish them well in the future," said a Wakefield spokesman.