Hull KR boss impressed by James Donaldson

Hull KR head coach Chris Chester admits that new signing James Donaldson has “caught his eye” in pre-season, and that he is expecting the Cumbrian to make a big impact on the Rovers’ forthcoming 2015 season.

The 23-year-old has penned a two-year deal the Robins, after ending his association with former club Bradford Bulls following their relegation to the Championship. And Chester admits that the attitude and form of Donaldson so early on into pre-season has been hugely impressive, and the club are expecting a strong season from the man effectively expected to replace Neville Costigan in the KR pack.

“James has caught my eye. He has come back in really good shape,” Chester told the Hull Daily Mail.

“He is a player who can play 80 minutes every week and I’m expecting big things from him. He’s impressed me in training with his attitude and he is a good communicator and talker.

“All the players we have brought in can play big minutes, especially in the pack.”