Greenwood joins Hull KR on loan

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JAMES Greenwood has left for his third loan stint with another Super League club within the last 12 months.

The prop spent last season at London Broncos and recently joined Salford Red Devils for a month, where he played twice and scored a try.

When we were approached by Chris Chester we sat down, Shaun Wane and I, and agreed that this was a great opportunity for James to get some game time and some continuity rather than him not knowing where he is playing every week

Kris Radlinski

Now he has been allowed to join Hull KR until the end of the season.

Greenwood, 24 next month, will join Greg Burke, who is currently on a season-long loan for the Robins.

Rugby manager Kris Radlinski said: “When we were approached by Chris Chester we sat down, Shaun Wane and I, and agreed that this was a great opportunity for James to get some game time and some continuity rather than him not knowing where he is playing every week.

“Loan opportunities like this in Super League are few and far between and although the dual-registration option has worked well for us, playing consistently at Super League level will be better for James in the long run.”

The Saddleworth product has only played two times for Wigan,in 2013, and yet to play this season.

He is behind a clutch of front-rowers in the pecking order, including Tony Clubb, Ben Flower, Dom Crosby, Lee Mossop, Taulima Tautai and Ryan Sutton.

He goes straight into head coach Chester’s 19-man squad to face Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on Friday night. The Rovers moved quickly to bring in reinforcements after losing forwards Dane Tilse, Adam Walker and Graeme Horne to injury this week.

Chester said: “James has come through a very good system at Wigan and he’s highly rated within the club and the game.

“He’s a tough young kid who will bring a real physical presence out on the field and I’m sure he’ll make a big difference for us for the rest of the season.

“We’re delighted to have him on board and I can’t thank Wigan enough for allowing us to borrow his services.”