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Hull KR win race to sign Dobson

Michael Dobson
Dobson's signing will be a boost to Robins fans

Hull Kingston Rovers have agreed a deal to sign Canberra Raiders scrum-half Michael Dobson from under the noses of city rivals Hull FC.

The 21-year-old has secured a release from his contract with Canberra after failing to be their number one pick and is expected to be at Rovers next week.

Hull FC wanted Dobson to cover Richard Horne but Rovers swooped after James Webster was ruled out for the season.

Australian Webster dislocated his shoulder against Leeds on Friday.

Former Hull FC and Hull KR scrum-half Craig Murdock, now a BBC Radio Humberside commentator, thinks the capture of former Catalans Dragons and Wigan player Dobson is a real boost to the Robins.

It was probably a bit more pressing for Rovers to get a recognised half-back in

Former Hull FC and KR scrum-half Craig Murdock

He said: "Rovers certainly needed a half back as did Hull FC and I think it's a major coup for Hull Kingston Rovers.

"I know there were a lot of rumours that he was close to signing for Hull FC but a deal's been done in three days to bring him to Hull KR and he's a great player and I'm sure he'll add strength to their squad."

Hull FC were looking to cover for the loss of Great Britain international Horne who will be out of action for the foreseeable future due to a neck injury and offered Dobson a two-and-a-half year deal.

But Murdock believes Rovers were in need of a scrum-half more than the Black and Whites.

"Hull FC still have lots of options around the half-back position and it was probably a bit more pressing for Rovers to get a recognised half-back in."



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