Hull KR sign Dane Chisholm on loan

Hull Kingston Rovers have signed the former French international half-back, Dane Chisholm on loan from Canterbury Bulldogs, until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old will link-up with the club later this week and be handed squad number 35.

Previously, Chisholm has scored three tries in four international appearances for France, after qualifying through his mother and grandparents, and before Canterbury had spells with Melbourne Storm, Wests Tigers and Manly Sea Eagles.

With the Robins’ captain, Terry Campese sidelined for the rest of the campaign, Chisholm will provide cover for half-backs Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair, as well as adding further competition for places across the back division.

“We are delighted to be able to bring in Dane at this stage of the season,” said the club’s head coach, Chris Chester. “We are looking forward to having him on board.  He’s and exciting player to watch and has been really impressive for Canterbury’s reserve grade side this year. As well has having plenty of experience at playing in the halves, he’s got blistering pace and he’s a great finisher too, so he gives us plenty of options.

“Canterbury have re-signed Dane for next season – a sign of their high regard for the player – but a move to us for the rest of this year is a deal that suits all parties. It will allow Dane to show what he can do in the first team, and I know he is really excited about playing in Super League, and for Hull Kingston Rovers.”

CEO at Hull KR, Mike Smith added: “I’d like to thank everybody at Canterbury – head coach Des Hasler in particular – for allowing a player who has been an integral part of their reserve team this season, to join us on loan for the rest of the year.

“The Canterbury club has been a pleasure to deal with throughout, and whilst it has taken a lot of work to get the deal over the line, we were delighted to have been in a position to announce Dane’s move on his arrival in the country later this week – along with the Bulldogs. Unfortunately however, with social media being what it is these days, news has a habit of leaking out.

“We couldn’t be happier to bolster our squad with Dane though, ahead of what will be a big few weeks for the club, in the First Utility Super League and the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

“I would also like to thank Dane’s agent Sam Ayoub for all his hard work over the past 48 hours. I have a fantastic relationship with Sam, who was also instrumental in bringing Ken Sio and Josh Mantellato to the club this season. Sam had a big part to play in getting Dane over here and we can’t thank him enough for his support.”