Keen to bounce back with a bang after some injuries, London Broncos and England Knights winger Kieran Dixon has signed a three-year contract with Hull KR.
Scoring 38 tries in 52 games since making his debut two years ago, Dixon has enjoyed a stellar career so far, though has struggled with injuries recently.
For his new side Hull KR, Dixon is their fifth signing for next season and the new winger is excited at the next stage in his rugby league journey.
â€œItâ€™s a good time to be coming to the club. With the players already signed and a few more additions, hopefully weâ€™ll have a squad capable of challenging towards the top end of the table,â€ said Dixon.
â€œI wanted a new challenge and when I had the opportunity to come here I was very honoured.
â€œIâ€™ll be moving my family from one side of the country to the other so it is going to be a big change for us but one we are excited about.
The 22-year old is well aware of the rivalry the Rovers have with Hull FC and is looking forward to being a part of that moving forward.
â€œThereâ€™s a big history at the club and the derby was something that appealed to me too. Iâ€™ve been in London my whole life and there isnâ€™t anything like the rivalry in Hull down there,” said Dixon.
â€œI spoke to some boys that have played here and they say the city splits in two on derby day. I canâ€™t wait to be a part of it and show everyone what I can do for the red and white half of the city.â€
Honoured to have made the English Knights squad last year, recent injuries have robbed Dixon of decent playing time.
Despite that, he has now returned and in signing with Hull KR, he hopes to relight the spark within himself and produce decent footy.
â€œItâ€™s been frustrating but after two good years Iâ€™m hoping I can get back to my best form and challenge for an England spot in the not too distant future,” said Dixon.
â€œNow that Iâ€™m back in the team, I want to end the year on a high and give myself something to take into what will be a big pre-season for me.
â€œHopefully in the next three years, I can get myself back in the international frame and Iâ€™m sure the competition for places weâ€™ll have at Rovers next season will help me massively.â€
Knowing that they have problem areas in terms of speed within their outside backs, Hull KR moved quickly to sign Dixon, a move that pleased coach Chris Chester.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted that Kieran has chosen to come to Hull KR from next season,” said Chester.
â€œHe was on the verge of a full England call-up 12 months ago and heâ€™s had plenty of interest from other clubs so itâ€™s great that weâ€™ve been able to sign a player of his calibre.
â€œWeâ€™ve identified a lack of speed in the outside backs and Kieran certainly brings pace in abundance. Heâ€™s a great finisher and he scored another good try at the weekend so weâ€™re looking forward to what he can bring to the side.â€