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Hull KR star makes retirement u-turn to join new club for 2024

Hull KR have done excellent business ahead of the 2024 season signing the likes of Oliver Gildart, Niall Evalds and Tyrone May from Super League rivals Leigh Leopards, Castleford Tigers and Catalans Dragons.

They have also moved to sign two Wakefield Trinity forwards which saw the departure of two of their current players.

One of them was Rhys Kennedy who, despite wanting to stay, was released and would later join London Broncos. This allowed them to sign Jai Whitbread from Wakefield who would be followed by Kelepi Tanginoa after the retirement of Kane Linnett.

However, the second-row has now joined a new club as captain/coach joining Sarina RLFC for the 2024 season.

The club made the following statement: “Sarina RLFC would like to welcome Kane Linnett to the Croc family as he joins us for the 2024 Season and beyond, fulfilling the role of Captain/Coach!

“Kane brings to the club a wealth of experience, having played over 180 NRL games and over 110 games in the Super League!!! We look forward to seeing this knowledge assist with the Sarina Crocs success in the future!! Welcome to Kane and his family.”

The Robins are happy to bring in Tanginoa either but Wakefield were disappointed to lose him.

They made their own statement: “We held discussions to re-sign Kelepi and made a very competitive offer. However, our overriding feeling is that external approaches had already been made and an agreement had been reached beforehand.

“He joined Trinity part way through the 2019 season from the NRL and in his first full season with the club was named in the Super League Dream Team.

“He went on to play a total of 88 games for the club. 2023 proved to be a difficult season for Kelepi with persistent injuries restricting his appearances to only seven.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Kelepi for his contribution to the club and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

Wakefield have been working incredibly hard to put together a brilliant squad that will secure promotion and early favourites to go on and win the Betfred Championship in 2024.

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