Hull KR loose forward Dave Petersen is to join his Robins team-mate Louis Sheriff in Australia in 2013. 20-year-old Petersen, who made four Super League appearances in 2012 when he spent most of the season on a dual registration with Workington,
was due to sign a new deal at Craven Park when he received an offer from Queensland Cup team Mackay Cutters. has signed a 12-month contract with the Cutters, who have also recruited Rovers' Australian prop Joel Clinton to play alongside Wales international Neil Budworth.
Full-back Sheriff also rejected the offer of a new contract with Hull KR to sign for Brisbane Redcliffe Dolphins, who play in the same league as Mackay.
Hull KR forward Rhys Lovegrove has signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at Craven Park until the end of 2015. The 25-year-old, joined the club five years ago when they entered Super League, and was due to be out of contract at the end of the season.
"I always wanted to stay here," said Lovegrove, who made his 100th appearance for the club earlier this season . "It's great to get it all sorted out and the new contract takes me a long way towards my goal of being a one-club player."