Keighley Cougars have been doing some impressive recruitment as they prepare for life in the Championship after impressively ploughing through League 1 to gain promotion.
They’ve already poached local rivals Bradford’s star player Tom Doyle and Brad Walker from Wakefield Trinity for next year, they’ve now added another signing to their ranks in 2023.
Ellis Robson is the man in question who started his career at Warrington making a handful of appearances before joining full-time Newcastle Thunder after a spell with Toulouse at the start of this season.
However, The Thunder have struggled in 2022 and are set to take a step back to being semi-professional moving forward which has resulted in plenty of change including a number of departures such as Ukuma Ta’ai to York which was confirmed yesterday.
Another forward in Robson follows Ta’ai out the door but he heads over to Keighley instead providing size in the middle of the field and great versatility being able to play in the front row or back row.
He joins the club on a two-year deal meaning he will stay a Cougar until the end of 2024.
On the signing, Head of Rugby Andrew Henderson said:
“Having coached and worked with Ellis previously at Warrington, I knew he had the right attributes to fit what Rhys was looking for in both a player and a person.
“Ellis is an industrious player who prides himself on the effort areas within the game and competing hard.
“He is equally at home playing on the edge or in the middle, but we see him being more of an edge backrower for us.
“He joins the team brining both Super League and Championship experience, and at only 24 years of age we fell he has his best years ahead of him.
“I firmly believe Ellis can flourish in our environment and fulfil his potential here at Keighley.
“We are looking forward to what Ellis will bring to the club and we welcome him, his partner, and family, to the Cougars.”