Ex-Hull FC half-back upsets York after quitting club
Former Hull FC half-back Danny Nicklas has upset York after quitting the Championship club to sign for Hull KR. The 21-year-old joined the City Knights a week ago after being released by the Black and Whites and played in Sunday's 52-4 defeat by Leigh.
In a statement, York said: "We would like to thank Danny for his efforts and wish him well in his future career." However, coach Gary Thornton says he was shocked by the move. "I'm really disappointed with how it's transpired," Thornton told the York Evening Press.
Super League side Hull KR have signed Huddersfield back row forward Dale Ferguson on a month's loan to ease their early-season injury crisis.
Dale Ferguson needs game time and Hull KR are suffering some injuries at the moment so the loan arrangement benefits everyone. It is only for a month at this stage and Dale knows he remains a Giant contractually and we look forward to watching his play."
– Huddersfield Managing Director, Richard Thewlis
The 24-year-old Scotland international, who was not used by the Giants on the opening round of Super League, is likely to go straight into the Rovers side to take on Wakefield on Saturday.
Hull KR have called off talks with local businessman Tony Larvin over his proposed multi-million pound investment into the club. Larvin, a former junior player with the Robins, had publicly indicated a willingness to plough as much as £15million into the Super League club .
But officials say three months of talks came to nothing. The Super League club moved to bring the matter to a close last month by placing a deadline of January 31 on Larvin to make a first payment into the club account. That deadline passed last Friday without comment from either party.
Today Rovers confirmed that talks were now over. A statement said:
Club officials had been in contact with Mr Larvin during the last three months but promised funds have not materialised. Therefore, the club will now actively pursue other avenues of potential new investment and will not be making any further comment at this time.
Scrum-half Michael Dobson has been appointed as Hull KR's new captain. Dobson succeeds Ben Galea with centre Kris Welham becoming Rovers' new vice-captain for 2013.
Rovers coach Craig Sandercock said: "Michael captained the side early last season and did a really good job. He has great communication skills and is well respected by both the players and staff so it was a simple decision to appoint him as captain."
Dobson said: "Some great names have captained this club and I'm proud to have joined the list. I've been here a few years now and enjoy having extra responsibility so it's something I was more than happy to take on."
Halifax have signed Hull KR stand-off or loose forward Scott Murrell on a two-year contract. The 27-year-old joined Hull KR from Leeds in 2006 and was a member of their promotion-winning team but he was not offered a new contract at the end of the 2012 season.
Halifax coach Karl Harrison said: "Scott has been our main target for a few weeks now and, after lengthy negotiations, we have managed to get his signature after beating off stiff opposition from some Super League clubs."
Murrell said: "I am really pleased to be joining Karl at Halifax. He has put together a really strong pack and some good backs and I look forward to working with them and getting to know the lads."
Hull KR's future in the Rugby League has been under discussion by the club's owners after a tough season in Super League. The club failed to make the play-offs and recently posted their biggest losses in the last 6 years. Michael Billington reports from Craven Park.