KR confirm Tomkins departure

Hull KR have confirmed the departure of experienced captain Joel Tomkins on compassionate grounds.

The 32-year-old joined the Robins mid-way through 2018 and was appointed captain at the start of this campaign.

He signed a three-year deal last November but will now leave the club.

He has made 35 appearances for the club since signing, scoring six tries.

“I would like to thank all the players, staff and fans of Hull KR for their support during my time at the club, said Tomkins.

“I would like to especially thank (owner) Neil Hudgell and (head coach) Tony Smith for understanding my position and accepting my request to be released.

“I believe that now is the right time for me to move on and look at the next chapter of my career.

“I have really enjoyed working with Tony and genuinely believe he is the right man to take this club to the next level. I wish the team the best of luck for the future.”

KR head coach Tony Smith added: “Joel has asked the club for a release on compassionate grounds and we have accepted.

“Joel and I have a great relationship and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with each other.

“Everybody at the club would like to wish him all the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his time, efforts and leadership whilst at Rovers.”