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Michael Dobson extends stay with Hull Kingston Rovers

Michael Dobson
Dobson underwent ankle surgery earlier in the season

Hull Kingston Rovers scrum-half Michael Dobson has extended his stay with the club by taking up a one-year option on his contract.

Dobson, 25, is also in talks over a new deal that will take him beyond 2012.

"He expressed his desire to stay with us for another year," Hull Kingston Rovers coach Justin Morgan told BBC Radio Humberside.

"It's a big boost as he's a quality player and it's great to have that sorted out," added Morgan.

"Hopefully, long-term, we can get something sorted out as well but the important thing now is that he's going to be with us for 2012.

Michael's been at the top of Super League half-backs for the past three or four seasons

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan

"The chairman [Neil Hudgell] and Mike Smith [chief executive] are dealing with it. His agent was over here but whether they've extended a deal past next year I'm not sure and I think the negotiations are still ongoing."

The Australian half-back joined The Robins in 2008 from the Canberra Raiders having previously played for the Wigan Warriors and Catalan Dragons in Super League.

Having recently been linked with a possible return to the NRL, Morgan says Dobson has continued to prove why he is such a highly sought after player.

"He's been at the top of Super League half-backs for the past three or four seasons."

The former Australian schoolboy was recently at the centre of the controversial Willie Mason transfer saga which saw Dobson de-registered during an injury absence to free up space on the overseas quota, allowing Mason to be registered for the club.

But after making only six appearances for The Robins, Mason himself was de-registered to make way for Dobson's return and the former test international left shortly after to join French rugby union side Toulon.

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