Hull KR sign Jake Butler-Fleming for 2017 season

Hull Kingston Rovers have completed the signing of versatile Jake Butler-Fleming on a one-year contract.

The 24-year-old Australian moves to the Lightstream Stadium from Wentworthville Magpies having played his junior rugby for Penrith Panthers and he will link up with his new teammates in the near future after already being granted a visa.

Identified by head coach Tim Sheens as the latest addition to his squad for the Kingstone Press Championship, Butler-Fleming is able to play on the wing, at centre or full back and is described as being similar in style to former Rovers favourite Ken Sio.

Speaking to about his capture, head coach Tim Sheens said: “Jake’s got an aggressive running style, he’s got footwork and a bit of class about him, but he’ll take it up through the forwards and he’s that physical type of player which is what we need and what we lost with Kenny.

“Like Heff (Andrew Heffernan), he’s been well-drilled in the junior set-up in Australia whilst coming through the Penrith system. He’s played under-16s, 18s and 20s and he’s gone up and played Massey Cup and then State Cup (reserve grade).

“He’s one of a number of outside backs over there who has found it difficult to earn an opportunity in the NRL but he’s had some good recommendations and he’ll add to the strength of our backline.

“We’ve lost Matty Marsh and Joe Wardill for a while and both Ryan Shaw and Liam Salter are coming off injuries last season. They’re both in full training but we want to have options and Jake gives us that.

“He adds some real utility value for us. He plays three positions and he plays on either side of the field as well.”