Where opportunity awaits, a player will go and for Justin Poore, who was at Wakefield, the former NRL prop took up an offer with fellow English Super League side Hull KR after he signed a 2-year deal.
Poore, 28, is a former Australian schoolboy and enjoyed NRL stints at the St George Illawarra Dragons and Parramatta Eels, playing Origin for NSW during that time – whilst at the Dragons.
For Poore, he had every intention of returning to Wakefield for the pre-season but after he got word of the interest in him by Hull KR from his manager, he made the decision to sign with the Rovers side instead.
â€œI finished last season at Wakefield and had all intentions of going back there,â€ he said.
â€œBut then a week before I was due back for pre-season, I got a phone call from my manager asking if Iâ€™d be interested in joining Hull KR.
Making the trek to Hull KR easier is the chance to play alongside mates and for Poore, he will know a good friend of his, Michael Weyman, in particular.
As well as Weyman, Poore has also played alongside or against both Kris Keating and Neville Costigan.
â€œOne of my best mates in Michael Weyman is coming here and Iâ€™ve also played alongside the likes of Neville Costigan and Kris Keating,” said Poore.
“They were all factors in me coming here and itâ€™s definitely a club thatâ€™s on the up. I know we made the eight last year and having bought really well during this off-season, I think we can have a good year next year. Iâ€™m just stoked to be on board.â€
With experience vital for any side, Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock is looking forward to Poore getting stuck into footy.
â€œJustin is a good, experienced player who has played the game at the highest level and I was impressed with the way he adapted to the Super League last season,” said Sandercock.
“The likes of him, Michael Weyman and Neville Costigan will bring a lot of professionalism both on and off the field and Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing them in a Hull KR shirt.