Hull KR have allowed Jordan Abdull to leave the club ahead of the new season.
This is a huge shock to many as the Catalans Dragons move to sign the England international who actually made his England debut back in 2021 at the home of the Dragons’ Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Now he is set to join the club on loan in 2024 ironically replacing Tyrone May who looks set to replace Abdull in the halves in 2024 at Hull KR.
Abdull, who originally spent a year at the Robins in 2017 on loan, has been a key figure in the squad since joining ahead of the 2020 season.
Making over 50 appearances for the club since joining, Jordan will be looking to kick on in his career after a promising start to 2023 was undercut by injury yet again and being replaced by Brad Schneider.
Nonetheless, he signed a long term deal with the club last year to stay until the end of 2026 and Head coach, Willie Peters was delighted when Jordan Abdull signed his extension with the Robins saying at the time of the announcement:
“He’s shown how important he is to our team. But also where he is mentally, he’s in a good place and he knows he’s going into the best years of his career and we’re glad he’s staying with us.
“He’s a deep thinker of the game, which you need from a half. What I like about him is he’s calm, but he’s direct with his communication and what he wants from the team.”
Despite these comments, Abdull is now headed for the exit door in 2024 and it seems likely Hull KR will use the cap space to add to their squad.
The Robins have still been in the market hoping to use the rules around rugby union signings to draft in some more depth but now they can explore the rugby league market as well.
Will Willie Peters look to add cover to the spine because of this or will he look to strengthen elsewhere? Time will only tell as the new season approaches. The Robins look set to have Mikey Lewis and Tyrone May as their halfbacks.
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