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'Allgood' for Hull KR's new prop

Hull KR's new prop Mitch Allgood has received the necessary visa clearance to start his three-year contract and will arrive in the country next week.

Mitch Allgood (centre) has been cleared to play for Hull KR Credit: Press Association

The former Parramatta Eels front row has been itching to join his teammates at the KC Lightstream Stadium since signing for the club last month and will further show his commitment to the cause by flying into the UK on Christmas Eve.

One of 13 new signings for next season, Allgood has racked up 70 first team appearances for the Eels and was also selected in the 2012 City Origin side.

Standing at 6ft 4in and weighing in at 110kg, the 25-year-old will add another physical presence to the Robins pack next season and is a former Rookie of the Year at Parramatta.

Mitch will add a lot to the team with his size and aggression and we’re excited about seeing him on the training field with the rest of the squad. Having spoken to him, he’s desperate to get over here and get cracking. He’ll have a few days off over Christmas to settle in but he’ll be in on the 28th when the rest of the squad report back.

With Terry Campese arriving in the country that day as well, we’ve got a big few weeks ahead of us and we’re really looking forward to having both of those guys on board.

– Head coach Chris Chester

Maitua 'massive signing' for Featherstone

Featherstone have signed Samoa forward Reni Maitua on a two-year deal from the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Reni Maitua Credit: Press Association

The 32-year-old has 174 NRL appearances to his name and his signature is a real statement of intent from Rovers ahead of a season which sees promotion to the Super League back on the agenda.

This is a massive signing for Featherstone Rovers, his playing record speaks for itself and he brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room.

– Andy Hay, Head Coach

Three-cap international Maitua started out with Canterbury and then had spells with Cronulla and Parramatta before going back to the Bulldogs.

He made 13 appearances for them in 2014.

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Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire given Bulls role

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire has been appointed to the Bradford Bulls board as an non-executive director.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire with Robbie Hunter-Paul Credit: Bradford Bulls

Jasbir Singh Athwal has supported the Bulls for over 30 years – both on a personal level and through business.

“I am really pleased to be a part of the club I have supported for more than 30 years,” said Athwal.

“The chairman, Marc Green, has put a fantastic team in place and I am very impressed with what he had to say about the direction he plans to take the club in.

“I feel honoured to have been asked to come on board and, given the fantastic work being done by directors and staff at the Bulls, I had little hesitation in agreeing to come on board.

“I believe I can bring plenty of experience to the table, having played the game from a young age, and, from a business perspective, I am able to bring a host of new contacts to the club through my network.

“Whatever is asked of me, I will do everything in my power to deliver and help this, the club I adore, reach great heights all over again.”

Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul is a close friend of Mr Athwal and has spoken of his delight, having secured his “invaluable” services.

Hunter-Paul said: “I would firstly like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jas after being awarded the honour and duty of Deputy Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire.

“I have known Jas for almost 20 years, when he first became friends with both myself and Henry (Paul).

“It brings me great pleasure to formally introduce him to the club and I am certain his experience in the local business world will hugely benefit the club commercially.

“Jas is a great person and if you spend a moment in his company you will understand exactly what I mean.

“Bradford Bulls, and Bradford Northern, have played an important part in his family’s lives over the years and his knowledge of the game itself is second to none.”

Walker appointed Bradford Bulls Captain

Former Great Britain international Chev Walker has been appointed Bradford Bulls' new captain ahead of their 2015 Kingstone Press Championship campaign.

Chev Walker Credit: Bradford Bulls

The 32-year-old former Leeds and Hull KR centre, who will be embarking on his fifth season at Odsal, takes over from Matt Diskin, who retired at the end of the 2014 season.

"Selecting Chev as captain was a fairly straightforward decision for me to make," said Bulls coach James Lowes.

"His leadership skills are second to none and he is the ultimate professional."

Burgess debut a 'possibility'

Sam Burgess could be in line to make a surprise debut for Bath this Friday following his cross-code switch, and just weeks after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the NRL Grand Final.

Burgess joined Bath after switching from NRL side South Sydney Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old suffered the injury in the first minute of the title decider between his South Sydney side and Canterbury Bulldogs at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on October 5, but he played on and helped his team to victory.

He has only recently resumed training following his move to union and the Recreation Ground, but has impressed so much that Bath coach Mike Ford revealed in a newspaper interview that he is tempted to include the former Bradford Bulls man on the replacements' bench for Friday's Aviva Premiership clash with Harlequins.

It might be a possibility. We haven't decided on the team for Friday yet. We will keep a close eye on him over the next few days to see where he is. We are just waiting for Sam to tell us when he feels ready. He had a great session (on Tuesday) but with him we just need to take it day by day.

– Mike Ford, Bath coach

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Former Hull man Miller signs for Wildcats

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Australian halfback Jacob Miller on a one-year deal.

Done deal: Former Hull FC player Jacob Miller has joined Wakefield Credit: Press Association

22-year-old Miller was released by Hull FC earlier this monthand has now been snapped up by their Super League rivals for their 2015 campaign.

He made 20 appearances for the Black and Whites and is now hoping to prove himself with the Wildcats.

"Wakefield have given me a great opportunity to rediscover my best form and this is a challenge I'm eager to fulfil," said Miller, who moved to England following his release by Wests Tigers last year.

Head coach James Webster added: "Jacob's signing allows us to have greater depth and competition in the halves.

“He is similar to many players that have signed for Wakefield in that he is a young player with a point to prove and a burning desire to cement a spot in the team."

Allgood for Hull KR

Hull KR have signed experienced NRL prop Mitchell Allgood on a three-year deal.

Hull KR have signed experienced NRL prop Mitchell Allgood on a three-year deal. Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old will add another physical presence to the Robins pack next season after signing for the club from Parramatta Eels.

Allgood has racked up 70 first team appearances for the Eels and was also selected in the 2012 City Origin side.

He is the club’s 12th signing for next season, not including Academy Player of the Year Matty Marsh who has also been added to the first team squad, and the Sydney-born prop will link up with his new teammates subject to receiving the necessary visa and paperwork.

Mitch is a big, strong and athletic prop with a good leg drive who will really add a lot to our pack next season. We lost a bit of power up front from last year’s squad but with Ryan Bailey and now Mitch coming in, we’re really pleased with finding two high quality front rowers. Like Ryan, Mitch will bring plenty of size and aggression out on the pitch but he is a great bloke off the field as well. He comes here at a good age and for the right reasons so we are delighted to have him on board.

– Chris Chester, Hull KR coach

West Yorkshire derby for Peacock testimonial

Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls are to play each other in the New Year to honour Jamie Peacock, who played for both the West Yorkshire clubs.

West Yorkshire derby for Peacock testimonial Credit: Press Association

The game will be on 25 January at Headingley stadium and could be the only time the clubs meet this season following the Bulls' relegation to the Championship.

Peacock won three Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and two world club titles between 1999 and 2005 with Bradford before moving to his home town club in 2006. At the Rhinos he has continued his incredible run of success with five more Grand Final wins, two World titles and last year's Challenge Cup Final win.

As the last pre-season game before the Rhinos begin their Super League campaign, Head Coach Brian McDermott is expected to name a strong side.

Hull FC honour Steve Prescott with shirt tribute

Hull FC will honour former player and club legend Steve Prescott by having the name of the foundation started in his memory on their shirts in place of a sponsor.

Hull FC honour Prescott with shirt tribute Credit: Hull FC

The special purple away shirt marks the club's 150th year as they celebrate the contribution of former players throughout its history.

Steve Prescott MBE played for the black and whites 107 times over two spells with the club, scoring 600 points, including 56 tries.

Set up in 2007, the Steve Prescott Foundation continues to raise funds for the Christie Cancer Hospital, Try Assist and the Oxford Transplant Foundation and the shirt was formally launched by his wife Linzi, and son's Koby and Taylor, as well as a dozen of Prescott's former team mates at the KC Stadium.

A donation will be made to the Steve Prescott Foundation from every 2015 Hull FC away shirt sold throughout the year, as well as fundraising at the Steve Prescott Cup fixture against St. Helens.

Seeing all of the former players here at the Stadium shows just what impact Stephen had on them. They have all turned out and they are all here for Hull FC as well, the club they have played for too so it was brilliant to see them all. Now Stephen is no longer around we need a number of players like these and other ambassadors to keep the Foundation going and to keep Steve's memory alive. They are all putting their hand up and participating in challenges which is just fantastic. I hope that the players will be able to take some inspiration from the shirt because I know that Steve is continuing to inspire people even though he is no longer here.

– Linzi Prescott
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