Signing young players that can develop is something all clubs set to achieve and the Hull Kingston Rovers have acted quickly to signing a talented, young player, acquiring James Donaldson from the Bradford Bulls.
Donaldson will be the club’s fourth signing for the 2015 season, with the 22-year old looking forward to playing in Hull with the Rovers side.
â€œI feel like Iâ€™ve progressed a lot over the last few years but I know Iâ€™ve got a lot more to give. I feel the best place to do that is at Hull Kingston Rovers,” said Donaldson.
Having been at Bradford for seven years, the young forward knows that he needed a new challenge and signing with Hull KR provides it.
â€œIâ€™ve been at Bradford for seven years now and I needed a new challenge. Iâ€™m ready to be taken out of my comfort zone and hopefully something fresh will spark me up. Iâ€™ll be working with new players, new coaches and new ideas, itâ€™s a totally clean start for me to come here and I canâ€™t wait for it,” said Donaldson.
â€œIâ€™ve met with Chezzy and Iâ€™ve liked what he said. The strongest part of my game is my defence and Chezzy wants me to come here and help tighten the middle up a bit.
â€œAt the same time, he wants me to play with the ball which I havenâ€™t always had the opportunity to do over the past couple of years at Bradford. Iâ€™ll work hard in this off season on that and hopefully Iâ€™ll make some strides for next year.â€
It was back in 2009 when Donaldson made his debut and after topping the tackle count for Bradford this season, Rovers head coach Chris Chester knows how good of a player the young forward can be for his side.
â€œJames is exactly the sort of player that we want to bring to the club in that he is young, hungry and works very hard at his game,” said Chester.
â€œI would liken him to Scott Murrell in that he does all the little things that sometimes go unnoticed by supporters but that are always appreciated by coaches and teammates.
â€œHeâ€™s got a good engine on him, he plays big minutes and he doesnâ€™t miss many tackles, so heâ€™ll be a great fit for us.â€