Jamie Ellis: ‘I’ve had more clubs than Tiger Woods’

Jamie Ellis admits that after a career on the move, he’s keen to finally lay down some roots at a club, and he sees his return to Hull KR as the perfect place to finish his career.

The 30-year-old spent the 2017 season with the Robins in the Championship, but never returned for their first season back in Super League, instead signing for Castleford.

But after signing for the Robins on a one-year deal, Ellis told League Express he’s now at a club he can see a long-term future with.

“I’ve had more clubs than Tiger Woods, so I don’t want to be moving around again,” he said. “If I could see out my career here, that would be fantastic.

“I’ve never been as hungry to do something. It’s a short career, and it’s certainly flashed by over the last few years. But I’m playing for a contract at the end of the day. I’ve got a family and bills to pay, after all.”

Ellis admits he was initially disappointed not to return to Rovers in 2018, but he jumped at the chance when it arose this off-season.

He said: “At the end of the season Tony (Smith) asked if I’d be interested in coming, but it all went pretty quiet and I was told I’d be spending 2020 at Castleford, which I was fine with.

“But deep down, having met Tony, I was excited about the prospect of going back there. So when it materialised a few weeks later, I was made up to get back here. I feel like there’s some unfinished business because I never wanted to leave in the first place.

“I still had a year left at Huddersfield when I left Rovers initially, but getting loaned out from there, it was clear they didn’t want me, so I never wanted to go back. Tim Sheens told me they were definitely going to keep me if Rovers got promoted, but it didn’t happen.

“But this is a great opportunity to come back. The fans are unbelievable and everything seems in place for the club to take off.”