Hull KR boss Chris Chester admits they will use the experience of Kris Keating’s departure from the club as a lesson for the future, as they look to bring in signings for 2015 that will be the full package, both on and off the field.
Keating has returned home to Australia just one year into a three-year deal with the Robins, and Chester believes it is vital the club now find a replacement who is comfortable off the field, as well as on it.
“We have to find out more about new players before we sign them,” Chester told the Hull Daily Mail.
“It’s not just about what they can do on the pitch, it’s also about what they are like off it too. I will be looking for feedback from the contacts I have in Australia about what they are like away from the game.
“I had an honest conversion with Kris after our final game of the season and I told him my thoughts and he told me his. He didn’t take to what we were trying to do and he missed his family back in Australia because it was a big move for him at the time.
“He wasn’t enjoying his rugby and it’s a shame it didn’t work out for him or for us but we will learn from this.”