Hull KR sign Jamie Ellis on loan from Huddersfield and Andrew Heffernan from Penrith Panthers
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Last Updated: 10/11/16 10:05pm
Hull KR have signed half back Jamie Ellis on a season-long loan from Huddersfield Giants and Andrew Heffernan from Penrith Panthers on a permanent deal.
A former St Helens academy graduate, Ellis has made 100 first-team appearances during a career with Super League clubs Hull FC, Castleford Tigers and the Giants.
The 27-year-old starred for Leigh Centurions in his only season in the Kingstone Press Championship in 2011 when he was named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
"It's all happened pretty quickly really but I'm looking forward to being here. I've spoken to [Hull KR head coach] Tim [Sheens] quite a bit and he's one of the best coaches in the world, so working with him will help to improve my game," he told the club's official website.
"I'm going to get my head down and train hard but hopefully I'll have the chance to be one of the main pivots in the team. I just want to have a good season with the club and play regularly.
"I played in the Championship in 2011 with Leigh and it's a tough, physical league. There are a lot of teams trying to get into Super League and then you've got the Qualifiers, which are always tough.
"It's going to be a competitive season but hopefully we should do really well and I'm looking to help Hull KR get back up to where they belong."
Heffernan joins from NRL side Penrith, having come through the ranks at Canberra Raiders.
The 21-year-old makes the move to Yorkshire having impressed in the Intrust Super Premiership, the reserve grade competition to the NRL, having failed to secure a regular starting berth for the Panthers.
"Andrew was highly rated when he came through the system at Canberra and Penrith pulled out all the stops to take him there," added Sheens.
"Unfortunately for him he was stuck behind some excellent outside backs at the Panthers which has opened the door for us to bring him on board.
"He's quick, skillful, has excellent footwork and can play in a few positions. We see him playing mainly at centre for us but his versatility gives us options within the squad which will be important next season.
"Andrew is somebody who a lot of supporters over here won't have seen before but I'm confident that after four or five games everybody will know what he's about."
Meanwhile, Hull KR have confirmed a number of players have struck deals with other sides for next season, while others have either been released by the club or have failed to agree terms with them.
Josh Mantellato, Albert Kelly, Mitch Allgood, Kevin Larroyer and John Boudebza will all leave the Lightstream Stadium.