Hull KR release centre

Hull KR have confirmed that centre Thomas Minns has been released from his contract by mutual consent.

The 24-year-old returned to Rovers on a short-term deal earlier this season following the completion of his 16-month drugs ban for testing positive for cocaine.

However, the former Leeds, London and Featherstone centre picked up a foot injury in one of his first training sessions back and was ruled out for the season, which has ultimately led to his release from the club.

“I’d like to say how welcoming the fans were on my return and I want to thank each and every one of them,” Minns told the KR’s club website. “(Former coach) Tim (Sheens) too, he played a big part in my comeback to the club as well as (CEO) Mike Smith and (owner) Neil Hudgell.

Minns returned to KR earlier this season after completing a 16-month drugs ban.

“They didn’t have to give me that chance to come back and not many clubs would have done. They’ve continued to support me on and off the field.

“It was a mutual decision to part ways and we leave on really good terms. There’s no hard feelings about it – we just came to an agreement.

“Tony (Smith, KR coach) needed to see me play and with where we’re sitting at the moment, would you risk playing a player who hadn’t played in a long time in a period which could define the club? I don’t know, so there’s no hard feelings there either.

“I was gutted when I sustained that injury, but I can’t do anything about it. I’m just glad I got the opportunity to be back at Hull KR.

“I wish the club all the success this year and I hope they stay up – the fans are one of the most loyal in the division.”