Kris Welham “low on confidence”, won’t face Wigan

Hull KR coach Chris Chester says centre Kris Welham has lost confidence in his own ability and will play on dual registration duty with Gateshead Thunder until he rediscovers some form.

The 27-year-old has scored more Super League tries for the Rovers than anyone else, but has been out of sorts in 2014. On Sunday, he played 80 minutes for Gateshead in their 34-30 loss to Championship One rivals York City Knights.

“Kris has been lacking in confidence,” Chester told the Hull Daily Mail.

“We had a heart-to-heart last week and I told him a few home truths. He took it on the chin and he admitted he is disappointed with his form.

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“I thought it would do him the world of good to play for Gateshead and try and get some confidence in his game.

“He won’t feature against Wigan and we’ll see how he gets on in training.

“I know how good a player Kris Welham is and has been and we need to get some confidence back in him.

“He just doesn’t seem the same player he was before he broke his ankle a couple of years ago.

“He’s lost that half a yard that meant he was first to a loose ball which helped him score a lot of his tries.

“If he impresses me in training, I’m sure he will get another chance.”

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