Hull KR captain Joel Tomkins leaves Super League club
Hull KR captain Joel Tomkins has left 2 years left on his contract to the club.
Even the Super League club created the surprise statement five days after securing their top-flight status, stating they allowed England and the former Wigan a release on compassionate grounds.
Tomkins made 35 appearances and combined Rovers from June 2018 following his exit from Wigan.
Hull KR coach Tony Smith said:”Joel has asked the team to get a launch on compassionate grounds and we have accepted.
“Joel and I’ve got a great relationship and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with one another.
“Everybody at the club would like to wish him all the best of fortune for your future and thank him for his time, efforts and leadership whilst at Rovers.”
Tomkins signed after joining Rovers to a short term contract and then he was selected as captain for 2019, carrying over from Shaun Lunt.
Tomkins, whose second move is not yet understood, said:”I want to thank each of the players, fans and staff of Hull KR for their support during my time at the club.
“I would like to especially thank (proprietor ) Neil Hudgell and Tony Smith for understanding my position and accepting my petition to be released.
“I believe that today is the right time for me to proceed and have a look at the next chapter of my profession.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Tony and genuinely believe he’s the right person to take this club into another level. I wish the group the best of luck for the future.”
Tomkins, who also missed the club ast game becomes the seventh player to leave the club as Smith prepares to rebuild the team following their close shave with relegation.
Danny McGuire will occupy an function with the club, who announced the departure of James Greenwood, Chris Atkin and Josh Drinkwater a month past and has retired.
Ryan Shaw, who has changed codes with Yorkshire Carnegie, also Danny Addy has followed them.
Although the club are considered to have lined up with a range of fresh faces, including former New Zealand Shaun Kenny-Dowall Jez Litten and dean Hadley will be the sole supported signings for next year.