Hull KR have completed the permanent signings of two players from local rivals Hull FC.
Dean Hadley and Jez Litten have agreed deals to join the Robins with immediate effect, initially on loan terms, before taking up long-term deals.
Back-rower Hadley and hooker Litten have both agreed three-year contracts that will begin at the start of the 2020 season.
Hadley said: “It’s been quite a frustrating year for me really. On the back of the last couple of years I felt like I’d improved on loan at Wakefield and I’d come back to Hull and started playing well in 2018.
“But this year hasn’t gone to plan. However, I see this as a great opportunity at Hull KR with so much still to play for in our season.
“The record of Tony (Smith, Robins head coach) speaks for itself – people I’ve spoken to have nothing but good words to say about him. I’ve had a brief chat with him and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the boys on Monday.
“I know Crooksy (Ben Crooks) from our time at FC as well as Robbie Mulhern and Chris Atkin from the Knights tour last year. But I am looking forward to that change of scenery which I feel that I needed. I’m excited to meet new team-mates and new faces.
“If Tony wants someone who can play big minutes, put in some hard graft and bring a bit of skill to the table, then that’s what I can do.”
Litten said: “I’ve been playing at Doncaster over the last few weeks and the opportunity to join Hull KR would have been silly to pass up on.
“I’m really looking forward to getting some first-team experience.
“I want to keep learning and adding things to my game, I just want to keep on improving myself.
“I’ve been watching Matt Parcell on TV recently and he’s great to watch, and hopefully I can bring similar sorts of things to the team that he has in the hooker position.
“I want to do my best for Rovers now and I can’t wait to get started. It’s good that I’m coming across with Dean (Hadley) because we’re pals but I know a lot of the younger lads like Owen Harrison, Adam Rooks and the rest which is good.”