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Promising halfback returns to club after huge transfer makes him surplus to requirements

Yesterday Hull KR boss Willie Peters confirmed that star player Jordan Abdull is a doubt for their game against Huddersfield Giants after an injury in training.

Abdull is well and truly in the mix for the Man of Steel at this stage of the season so his absence would be a blow.

However, crucially Rowan Milnes is back at the club.

Peters confirmed that the halfback is back at Hull KR after a loan move to Wakefield Trinity.

This makes sense for all involved after Trinity announced one of the shock signings of the season in the shape of Luke Gale.

Trinity already have Mason Lino and Morgan Smith as well as Lee Gaskell who featured for the reserves last week.

Meanwhile, it naturally makes sense for Hull KR with Abdull being a doubt.

Milnes could join Mikey Lewis in the halves then after Lewis missed out on his England debut on Saturday.

Peters addressed his omission:

“I wasn’t surprised because obviously of the two halves that he picked. Obviously George is captain and he’s a quality half so Mikey could have got that other position but it’s unfortunate for him.

“We’ve spoke about it this week but there’s no doubt that if he keeps playing the way he is then Shaun Wane will pick him at the end of the year, there’s no doubt about that.

“There’s a few areas that Mikey needs to work on and Waney has given him some feedback so he knows where he stands. It’s all positive for Mikey, he’s a big part of our team and I can see the growth in him coming back to our team and what he’s learned in a week.

“It’s a good thing what Waney is doing, getting him in the squad and getting a feel for what the England set-up is about. He sees what the vision is and it makes him hungry to be part of that, that’s what I’ve seen since he’s come back. He knows where he wants to go now and I’m sure he’ll play representative football at the end of the year.

“He’s only scratching the surface to be honest. What I’ve been most pleased about is that he’s played his best rugby off the back of being physical. His defence has improved a lot since the start of the year, I can see him developing now into a starting player going week to week.

Jez Litten did play and Peters added on him: “His best rugby will be in the next couple of years there’s no doubt. We’ll see a better version of Jez now after playing for England because there’s no doubt you come back a better player.

“Being around better players but also wearing that jersey gives you belief, he’s going to have that belief now that he is a player.

“We all believe that he’s going to be our nine for a very very long time, or hope he will be for a very very long time.

“At the moment he’s got Matty who’s starting and doing a great job but it’ll come a time where Jez will end up taking over at some stage and be our club’s nine for the next ten years.

“Matty’s doing a wonderful job at the moment and they work well together so we’re happy we’ve got them both.”

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