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Hull KR boss Willie Peters offers clarity on contract status of Brad Schneider beyond 2023

Hull KR beat Leeds Rhinos last season thanks to a Brad Schneider drop goal in golden point extra time.

As mid-season signings go Brad Schneider has been one of the best so far with the Australian half-back playing in three matches, three wins, three assists, two match-winning drop goals and one Challenge Cup Final. The two drop goals against Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors are huge in the context of KR’s season, the team having lost five in seven before those consecutive wins.

Schneider was again involved in their third win in a row last Friday against Castleford Tigers with his crazy offload helping Tom Opacic score in the corner.

The former Canberra Raiders’ exploits have seen him nominated for Super League player of the month which he may well win given the adoration that the voting Robins fans have for him.

Schneider came in providing cover for Jordan Abdull, who has now been confirmed by Willie Peters as set to miss the Challenge Cup Final, but given the quality he has oozed it’s been asked by fans and pundits alike whether Rovers will nail him down for the future.

His arrival came with some confusion, the Raiders released him in order for Rovers to recruit him but with the stipulation that should they suffer a long-term injury in the halves then Canberra would reclaim him.

Willie Peters was asked about the status of Schneider and whether the Robins were in a position to offer him a contract should they wish to, and if the Raiders had a first refusal on him.

“So pretty much mate, it was always discussed that it was just going to be to the end of the year,” Peters revealed.

“You know, naturally we’re in negotiations with players and managers and stuff like that all the time. So at this stage, it is still just the end of the year, but I’m not sure whether Canberra got first opportunity or not.

“So Brad’s doing a wonderful job for us now, and he’s happy and we’re happy with him. So we just want him to enjoy the journey and the ride that he’s going on and keep it going.”

The Robins will have spine options in 2024 including Jez Litten and Parcell at hooker, Rowan Milnes, Jordan Abdull as their halves, with Jack Walker and young Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e at full-back, and both Mikey Lewis and new recruit Peta Hiku able to play in any of those positions.

Whether Schneider is added to that is unclear but Peters did explain Lewis is thriving at full-back and could easily move throughout Rovers’ spine when necessary.

“So Mikey’s a runner. For me, he’s a very, very good runner of the footy. So positions that allow that is what suits him the most. So fullback, because you’ve got more space and time, yeah, not always, but a lot of the time.

“Yeah, so whether, you know, he could play 6, he could play 7, he could play 1, and I think he could play 9. So, just wherever he’s got the footy in his hands and he’s running, he’s key.”

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