Eels prop released and will join Hull KR

Mitch Allgood

Moving on from a team is part and parcel of the game and with the Parramatta Eels strengthening their forward pack, players can often become surplus to requirements.

For Mitch Allgood, a local from Penrith that has played out the majority of his rugby league career at the Eels, he has been granted a release from the club.

The release has allowed him to embark on a new challenge and sign with English Super League club, Hull KR, for the next three seasons.

With 70 games for the Eels under his belt, Allgood has relished every opportunity and looks forward to the challenges ahead.

“I’ve been at the Eels since I was a teenager and this place has been my home over the last seven years, and it¹s sad to be leaving,” Allgood said.

“But at the same time, I’m excited and looking forward to this new opportunity I have to play at Hull KR.”

“I’ve made a lot of lifetime mates and I’m very thankful for the opportunities I’ve had at this club, and I wish nothing but success for all the boys in the coming season.”

As for Hull KR, they are pleased to have signed Allgood, with the need for a prop evident after some earlier player rotation.

“Mitch is a big, strong and athletic prop with a good leg drive who will really add a lot to our pack next season,” said Hull KR coach, Chris Chester.

“We lost a bit of power up front from last year’s squad but with Ryan Bailey and now Mitch coming in, we’re really pleased with finding two high quality front rowers.

With Allgood and Ryan Bailey joining the side, Chester is confident that Hull KR have a strong, mobile and athletic pack heading into 2015.

“Like Ryan, Mitch will bring plenty of size and aggression out on the pitch but he is a great bloke off the field as well. He comes here at a good age and for the right reasons so we are delighted to have him on board,” said Chester.

“We’ve got some depth in the forwards for next season which is important, but we also feel we’ve got a more athletic pack capable of playing big minutes if they need to.”

Adjusting to the English life will be made slightly easier for Allgood, especially with former team-mate Ken Sio also joining the club.

Sio knows Allgood well and had nothing but praise for the young, talented prop.

“He’s a big bloke with explosive power but he can play big minutes so you get the best of both with him whenever he’s on the pitch or on the training paddock,” said Sio.

“He gives it his all on the field but off it he’s the nicest giant ever. Once you cross that white line, it’s game time and he’s in there 110 per cent but it’s important that everybody gets on in the squad and he’ll fit right into that.

“It will be good to have him over here, he’s a top player and he really looked after me at the Eels so hopefully I can help him settle in when he gets here.”

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