New Hull KR head coach Willie Peters has revealed three NRL players are set to join him at the Betfred Super League club from 2023, with Tom Opacic, Rhys Kennedy and Sauaso Sue all set to make the move to Craven Park.
In what is an exciting development for KR, all three have agreed deals to join Peters next year, with Opacic set to leave Parramatta Eels, while Kennedy is on his way from Brisbane Broncos and Sue will swap Newcastle Knights for the Robins.
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Peters, the former Newcastle Knights assistant coach, is set to take over from Tony Smith ahead of the 2023 season on a three-year deal and confirmed he would be bringing players with him from the NRL.
He told Barry Toohey on his podcast, ‘Toohey’s News’: “We’ll bring a few more from over here next year which will add to what they’re doing at the moment.
“There’s three spots and the guys we’re going to get over there, one is Rhys Kennedy, the other is Jesse (Sauaso) Sue and the other is Tom Opacic. They’ll add to what we’re doing.”
Peters says he knows there is the basis of a good squad already at Craven Park and he appears to be looking forward to the new challenge coaching in England for the first time.
He added: “There’s a good balance between experience; there’s Ryan Hall who plays for England, Shaun Kenny-Dowall has just re-signed and from all reports he’s an exceptional leader. He was also at the Knights and still playing really good footy.
“Lachlan Coote is over there playing full-back and is a winner. There’s some experienced players there. Then there’s some youth like Mikey Lewis. There’s some exciting times ahead.
“The thing for me wasn’t to go and get rid of all these players, it was to maintain and keep the experience that was there and bring a couple players in.”
Opacic, Kennedy and Sue’s impending arrivals will, however, likely spell the end of Albert Vete, Korbin Sims and Brad Takairangi’s Hull KR careers as they will all reportedly be released to free up the overseas quota spots and are due to fall out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
KR are currently seventh in the Betfred Super League this season under Smith, 12 points behind leaders St Helens. They are next in action when they play Huddersfield Giants at home on Sunday when they are 20/21 to win. Giants are 10/11 and the tie is 18/1.
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