His future was uncertain beyond this year with the Canterbury Bulldogs and since the return of Trent Hodkinson, he has not been able to break into the side once more, which as a result, has seen half Kris Keating head to greener pastures and overseas, signing a 3-year deal with Hull KR.
Keating, 24, was a former Australian schoolboy and started his career with the Parramatta Eels making his debut with the club in 2008, before joining the Bulldogs and linking up with his former junior team-mate in Hodkinson.
With 40 games to his name for the Bulldogs since joining them, Keating has also represented the City Origin side on two occasions in 2010 and 2011 and it was a recent trip to Sydney for Hull KR CEO Mike Smith, that convinced him Keating was a player for them to sign.
â€œI met up with Kris and his father whilst I was over in Sydney,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s always better to speak to people face to face rather than over the phone and it gave me a chance to let them know what Hull KR is all daisy fuentes pokies about and vice-versa. Kris is a very good player and a nice bloke whoâ€™ll bring a lot to the club, both on and off the field. Weâ€™re delighted that weâ€™ve managed to secure his signature and Iâ€™m sure our supporters will take to him pretty quickly.â€
Equally excited about the opportunity is Keating himself, who is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.
â€œItâ€™s a new challenge for me and one that I need,” said Keating.
“I was just plugging away at the Bulldogs when my manager told me that Hull KR were interested and Iâ€™ve always had a keen interest in the Super League and know quite a few of the boys who are playing over in England.
â€œThey all have nothing but good things to say about the competition and now feels like the right time to come over and test myself in the Super League. Iâ€™ve done a fair bit of research on Hull KR and the city itself, and am really excited about coming over, as is my fiancÃ©e. We just canâ€™t wait to get over there and get started.â€