Wheldon to join Hull KR in exodus across city

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Scott Wheldon, the prop who failed to make Hull's Carnegie Challenge Cup final team at Wembley on Saturday, has joined the drift across the city by signing for Hull KR. Wheldon, a former Rovers Academy player, has agreed a two-year deal after spending the last three with Hull. "It will be a challenge to rejoin the club where I first sampled club rugby," he said.

He joins Paul Cooke, Shaun Briscoe and Chris Chester in recently making the switch between the city's two clubs, while James Webster, who has moved in the opposite direction, is due to make his debut in the Hull derby on Sunday, having secured his British citizenship.

Rovers are also expecting to announce the signing of Nick Fozzard, who missed out on the St Helens' Cup final team but is in the running for the game against Wigan on Friday. Fozzard, who is out of contract, is the likely replacement for Paul Sculthorpe, who has almost certainly played his last game for Saints after dislocating his shoulder just one minute into the game at Wembley.

The Saints coach, Daniel Anderson, said that all his other players were keen to play in the match that will clinch the League Leaders Shield if they avoid defeat by Wigan. That includes the Great Britain winger Ade Gardner, who was struck down by severe sunstroke after the final, after playing much of the match in the full glare of the sun.

Wakefield Trinity's Australian back-rower Duncan MacGillivray is to retire at the end of this season and plans to be involved in the game in his native Darwin.

Widnes have re-signed two of their senior players, Mark Smith and Iain Morrison, as well as Danny Mills from Sheffield Eagles and Anthony Thackeray from Castleford.