“The opportunity to play at the higher level and for such a great club is one I couldn’t turn down.” Keighley Cougars bolster their squad with Robbie Storey signing

Keighley have further strengthened their squad for their return to the Betfred Championship as they announced their sixth new signing for 2023, with the capture of Robbie Storey.

The versatile player who can play at centre or back row signs for the Cougars after an impressive season in League One with Doncaster.

Storey came through the Castleford academy where he signed his first professional contract in 2019. Unable to make his way into the first team he moved on the French Elite One competition with Carcassonne before making his way to Dewsbury Rams in 2021.

2022 was the season he made headlines scoring 10 tries in 16 appearances as he helped Doncaster to a second consecutive play off final in which they were defeated by Swinton Lions.

Head of Rugby Andrew Henderson explains how Storey’s journey and character were key indicators in making this signing.

“He left Castleford to experience life in the French Elite One competition, which suggests to me that he isn’t afraid to take himself out of his comfort zone.

“He is a powerful ball carrier and solid defender who has impressed us this season with his performances at Doncaster.

“We have identified areas within his game he will need to focus on in this upcoming pre-season to help become the player we feel he can be,” He continued. “Rhys and the coaching team are really looking forward to working with and developing Robbie further.”

After his successful season in League One, Storey Is excited to get going in the Championship with his new team.

“The opportunity to play at the higher level and for such a great club is one I couldn’t turn down.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge and to play with the quality players around the club.

“I’m looking to achieve as high a league position as possible, to shock a few good teams and to develop as a player under the guidance of the very experienced coaching team.”

Storey is one of six signings made by the Cougars joining; Ben Crooks, Ellis Robson, Brad Walker, Lloyd Roby and Thomas Doyle as they look to cement their place in the Championship.

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