Tony Smith says Mose Masoe will remain involved at the club during the coming months, despite being forced into retirement by his recent spinal injury.

Smith confirmed to BBC Radio Humberside that the Samoan prop forward won’t play again, and that focus must now switch to helping him rebuild his life.

The Hull KR coach said: “If Mose is able to walk again that will be a success.

“If you ask his consultant he would not be able to tell you exactly what he will get back to.

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“I know Mose is just looking forward to hugging his children again.”

Smith added that Masoe will retain his role as co-captain, despite being unable to contribute on the field.

“Mose will play a role for us wherever he can, he will have some input and motivation into the team.

“He has already done that after he sent a video message.

“I do want everyone to understand it was agreed last week, that that was going to be the case and it hasn’t been a reaction to recent occurrences.

“We’re really proud that he’s going to stay involved and have a big impact on our team and club.”