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Dobson completes switch to Robins

Michael Dobson
Dobson will have to wait to make his Robins debut

Hull KR have completed the signing of Australian scrum-half Michael Dobson from NRL side Canberra Raiders.

The 21-year-old, who has previous Super League experience from spells with Wigan and Catalans Dragons, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal.

Dobson will replace the club's former captain and scrum-half James Webster on their overseas quota.

Webster was removed after dislocating his shoulder, an injury which would have ruled him out of the whole season.

Dobson will fly into the country in the next couple of weeks after being freed by the Raiders.

Rovers coach Justin Morgan told BBC Radio Humberside he is delighted with his new signing.

"I'm very pleased because he's a highly sought after player. It's a great reflection on the club that he chose us over other clubs."

He's a fantastic kicker and a great talker and he'll rally his forwards around the park

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan
But Morgan dismissed speculation that they have paid over the odds to get the player to Craven Park.

"There were a couple of other clubs in for him and in terms of the package, it was all a much of a muchness," he said.

"I don't want people to believe we've splashed the cash. It certainly wasn't that way at all."

And Morgan says Dobson is his kind of scrum-half.

"He does take on the line and he's got some deceptive speed," he said.

"He's got a good change of speed and his support game is very good.

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"He's a fantastic kicker and a great talker and he'll rally his forwards around the park when he gets here and he'll certainly fit into our ethos."

Dobson will have to wait to make his Robins debut and will not be eligible to play in this Sunday's fifth round Challenge Cup tie against Huddersfield.

The club will also have to sort out his work permit before he will be able to pull on a Red and White jersey for the first time.

"He's not registered in time for the cup game but he will be able to play in the next round if we win through because there's a new registration date," Morgan explained.

"The game after against Huddersfield (in the Super League) might be a bit tight but I think the week after that would be a huge possibility against Harlequins."



see also
Webster shown Hull KR exit door
02 May 08 |  Hull KR
Hull KR win race to sign Dobson
30 Apr 08 |  Hull KR


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