Rovers confirm Thornley capture

Iain Thornley
Iain Thornley

HULL KR have confirmed the signing of Warriors centre Iain Thornley for the 2016 season.

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Salford Red Devils and spoke exclusively to Wigan Today yesterday, confirming the Robins had made him an offer.

I want to play rugby week-in-week-out and really had to make that decision

Iain Thornley

Thornley has not made a Warriors appearance since recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury which ended his 2014 season – a year which also saw him sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle.

But he will make his first Salford appearance against Wakefield on Sunday.

Thornley has been limited to just 10 first team appearances in the last two years.

He worked his way back to fitness before playing three times on dual-registration for Workington Town.

Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “Despite offering him a similar deal to the one he was on, Iain made the decision that money is the single most important facet of what he is looking for and he’s entitled to do that.

“From our point of view we’re a little bit irritated at the lack of loyalty having taken care of him so well over the last 18 months but players have to look after themselves as well and he’s made this decision.

“Having said that we wish Iain well, he played a key role in the 2013 Challenge Cup success and we will always be grateful for his endeavours when pulling on the Wigan shirt.”

Speaking before the deal was confirmed, Thornley said limited opportunities to play regular rugby were behind the decision.

He told Wigan today: “I want to play rugby week-in-week-out and really had to make that decision.”

Speaking thethe Hull KR website, the centre said: ““I’m pretty good friends with Daz Goulding and he told me how good a club it is and how good the lads were. He settled in really easily and I just fancied a new challenge with Hull KR. I wanted to come over there and get back to that form I had before I got injured.”