Greenwood secures permanent switch to Hull KR

Wigan Warriors have released prop forward James Greenwood to enable him to turn his loan spell at Hull KR into a permanent move.

The 24-year-old made 13 appearances for the Robins since joining them from Wigan in mid-season and has now signed a two-year contract.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my loan period here and I think this is a great opportunity for me,” said Greenwood, who spent the 2014 season on loan at London Broncos and had a year left on his Wigan deal.

“It wasn’t easy to leave Wigan, I have a lot of respect for what they did for me and the way they brought me through their academy, but I felt it was time for a change and I’m looking to kick on now at Hull KR.”

Rovers coach Chris Chester said: “James is a strong young forward with a good offload and a real physical presence out on the field, so we’re pleased he will be continuing his development with us next season.

“We are grateful to the Warriors for allowing him to join us permanently from next season and would like to thank everybody at the Wigan club for their ongoing support.”

Wigan rugby director Kris Radlinski said: “This is the right move for James. He has found a place where he feels valued and can play on a more regular basis.

“We currently have a number of props at the club and it would be wrong for us to keep him knowing that he would be restricted on game time.”