Hull KR make Fitzhenry their sixth signing as rebuilding goes on

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The Australian club, Wests-Tigers, have released their utility back, Daniel Fitzhenry, to become the latest signing in Hull KR's rebuilding for next season.

Rovers, whose successful first season in Super League ends with their home fixture against Huddersfield tonight, have now made six new signings to bolster the squad that defied most predictions by surviving this year.

Fitzhenry, a 27-year-old who plays mainly wing and full-back, joins his Tigers team-mate, Ben Galea, at Craven Park.

The Robins' coach, Justin Morgan, predicts a big impact in Super League from Fitzhenry, who has agreed a two-year deal. "His style of play will enable us to develop an expansive type of football," he said.

Fitzhenry will be coming to Humberside after doing his homework on the club. "I know a couple of players at the club and they have nothing but praise for the set-up," he said.

For this evening's game, Morgan, who earlier this week clinched the signing of Chev Walker from Bath, recalls the Papuan prop, Makali Aizue.

Today's other Super League match will see Stacey Jones make his final appearance for the Catalan Dragons when Harlequins are the visitors to Perpignan.

Jones is still expected to play for the New Zealand All Golds in the Centenary match at Warrington next month, but this, barring another of his famous changes of mind, will be the last club game of a marvellous career.

The match is also notable for the farewell appearance for Quins of Lee Hopkins, a hard-working Australian forward.

Relegated Salford's captain, Malcolm Alker, has denied that he is leaving for Wigan, his home-town team. "I'm 90 per cent certain that I'll still be at Salford next season," he said.

In National League One, Halifax play Sheffield Eagles for the right to meet Whitehaven next weekend.

Those three club have been told by the Rugby League that none of them will qualify for promotion, even if they win the Grand Final, as they don't meet Super League's criteria.

National League Two sees a local derby between Oldham and Swinton. The former were relegated without winning a game last season, but have put together an accomplished side in the latter stages of this campaign, particularly through loan signings from Hull KR.

Swinton lost six points by going into administration, but still scraped into the play-offs last week by beating Workington.