In order to take up his deal with Hull KR, the St George Illawarra Dragons have released Korbin Sims from the remainder of his contract.
Sims, a veteran forward of the game, played in 21 NRL games for the Dragons over the past two seasons.
Subject to visa approval, Sims will don the Hull KR jersey for the next two seasons.
With over 140 NRL appearances for the Brisbane Broncos, Newcastle Knights, and the Dragons, Sims has plenty of experience.
Although he needed time to think about the move to England, he knew it was a good chance to move his career forward.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity that has presented itself for me and my family,” Sims said.
“I’m excited about the chance to get over to England – I’ve only been there once with Fiji in the RLWC 2013, so the next two years are going to be really interesting.
“When my manager had told me that there had been some interest from England and Rovers, I was a bit taken aback at first, but when I really thought about it, I saw it as a great opportunity to further my football career.”
“‘I’ve actually spoken to Tony a number of times over the last couple of days and he wanted to get to know me.”
Sims also said he was pleased to join a club that is on the rise and he cannot wait to get stuck in.
He knows my brother Ashton really well from his time in England – the first thing he said to me was I sounded just like him,” Sims continued.
“I wasn’t sure whether it was a compliment or an insult!
“The way he was speaking about myself and the other people coming over, the people that he’s already got, and the way Hull KR are moving forward into the future, makes me feel it’s going to be an exciting time to build this proud club.
“I’m looking forward to getting over there and meeting everyone as soon as possible.”
Knowing they need to strengthen their pack, Hull KR coach Tony Smith believes Sims is a nice addition to their squad.
“He’s an important part of the jigsaw, we have been keen to strengthen our forward pack and we are certainly doing that with Korbin,” Smith said.
“He brings international as well as NRL experience. He’s a guy that gives everything every time he walks onto the pitch.
“He’s very professional in his approach to his game and he is always looking to develop.”
His versatility and approach to the game are also key attributes that Smtih praised.
“He can play anywhere in the forward pack. On the edge or in the middle,” the Hull KR coach continued.
“He’s got the skill levels to play some loose forward with that tough, no nonsense attitude, combined with good rugby awareness.
“He comes from a rugby league family, so he’s been brought up on it, he lives and breathes it.”