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Leeds Rhinos boss Gary Hetherington blasted 6 of his rival Super League chiefs after they thwarted a move to heal the rift in the game.

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Salter extends Robins stay

Hull KR have given centre Liam Salter a new contract that will keep him at the club until at least the end of 2017.

The 20 year-old was already contracted for next season but has agreed a three-year extension following a successful 2013 campaign in which he missed just five matches.

"Liam has come a long way this year," said Rovers coach Craig Sandercock. "He's someone who we probably didn't think would play every week.

"We knew that he was a good, solid player and that we might get 10 games out of him.

"But he really exceeded all expectations this year and, if he has a big pre-season and works on the areas we've identified for him to improve upon, then we're really confident that Liam will be a great player for this club for many years to come."

Hull part company with Gentle

Hull FC's departing coach Peter Gentle
Hull FC's departing coach Peter Gentle Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hull FC have parted company with head coach Peter Gentle with immediate effect.

The 47-year-old Australian had two years left on his contract but has been the subject of much speculation over his future and his exit was confirmed five days after the club's record 76-18 Super League play-off defeat by Huddersfield.

Hull owner Adam Pearson said: "The club would like to place on record their gratitude to Peter for his efforts, hard work and dedication, helping to progress the club on the field in his two seasons in charge."

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Channing completes Tigers move

Michael Channing
Michael Channing Credit: Press Association

Castleford Tigers have completed the permanent signing of London Broncos centre Michael Channing on a two-year deal.

The 21-year-old moved to the Tigers on loan in July and impressed enough to secure a long-term stay after scoring three tries in four Super League appearances.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "Michael has fitted into the club seamlessly as both a player and a person.

"He is a young centre with a lot of potential who will continue to thrive in our culture."

Channing said: "I'm really happy to get a permanent deal sorted at Castleford. Cas are one of the big names in Super League, so it's good to be offered a contract from being on-loan."

Seymour returns to Super League with Castleford deal

Brett Seymour has returned to the Super League after signing a one-year deal with Castleford. The 28-year-old half-back had a high-profile exit from Hull earlier this year, with his departure from the KC Stadium preceded by two months of compassionate leave.

Seymour was taken to hospital in March after crashing his car, with his wife later saying he was "desperate", suffering from depression and may have been trying to take his own life. Hull allowed him time to deal with his off-field problems before releasing him in April.

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Robins land Keating

Hull KR have signed Canterbury Bulldogs half-back Kris Keating as the successor to outgoing captain Michael Dobson.

The 24-year-old Keating will join the Robins in the autumn on a three-year contract.

He will be a straight replacement for the 27-year-old Dobson, who has secured a release in order to return to the NRL with Newcastle Knights.

Kris is a very good player and a nice bloke who'll bring a lot to the club, both on and off the field.

"We're delighted that we've managed to secure his signature and I'm sure our supporters will take to him pretty quickly."

– Mike Smith , Hull KR chief executive

Keating, a former Australian schoolboy international, started his career with Parramatta in 2008 and went on to make 41 appearances for the Eels before joining the Bulldogs ahead of the 2011 season. He was in the side that lost to Melbourne Storm in last year's Grand Final.

It's a new challenge for me and one that I need.

"I was just plugging away at the Bulldogs when my manager told me that Hull KR were interested and I've always had a keen interest in the Super League and know quite a few of the boys who are playing over in England.

"They all have nothing but good things to say about the competition and now feels like the right time to come over and test myself in the Super League.

"I've done a fair bit of research on Hull KR and the city itself and am really excited about coming over, as is my fiancee. We just can't wait to get over there and get started."

– Kris Keating, new Hull KR signing

Fielden hangs up his boots

Stuart Fielden
Stuart Fielden Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former Great Britain rugby league international Stuart Fielden has announced his retirement from the game with immediate effect after struggling to overcome a knee problem.

The 33-year-old former Bradford and Wigan prop, who joined Huddersfield at the start of the season, will remain at the John Smith's Stadium as part of head coach Paul Anderson's backroom team.

Fielden, who is still the game's most expensive player following his move to Wigan from Bradford for a transfer fee of around #440,000 in 2006, appeared in nine of the Giants' opening 11 matches of Super League XVIII before picking up a knee injury at Castleford in April.

The knee then became infected and Fielden has decided to hang up his boots.

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