Hull KR strengthen relegation fight with Kiwi winger Webster

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Hull KR have signed the New Zealand Test winger Jake Webster on a three-year contract, believed to be worth £100,000 a season. Webster has been released from the remainder of his deal with the Gold Coast Titans in order to join Rovers, who are still not clear of the threat of relegation from Super League.

"He's the most high-profile signing we will make," said Rovers' coach, Justin Morgan. "We all know centres and outside-backs are rare commodities and to have one of his quality is a major boost."

Webster, who has won seven Kiwi caps on the wing, told his Australian club that the chance to play centre in England was part of his motivation for the move.

Morgan has denied being in any hurry to sign Shaun Briscoe, the full-back released by Rovers' neighbours, Hull, this week. Briscoe was linked with a move across the city even before Hull sacrificed him to stay within their salary cap. Rovers could yet face opposition from Wigan, Briscoe's original club, who released him in 2003.

Hull have re-signed their utility back, Richard Whiting, on a two-year contract.

The former Australian captain Andrew Johns, who was arrested for possession of an ecstasy tablet in London at the weekend, has admitted to using the drug to relieve the pressure of fame throughout his career. "I was taking it on and off, generally during the off-season, but there's times during the season when I've run the gauntlet, played Russian roulette and taken it," said Johns, who played for Warrington in 2005.

Johns had been hoping to help the Wallabies' coaching staff during the forthcoming Rugby Union World Cup, but they have cut their ties with him.

Warrington have signed four of their young prospects on contract extensions. Ben Harrison has agreed another three seasons and Steve Pickersgill, Chris Riley and Mike Cooper one each.

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