Hull KR have moved to ease their forward injury crisis by signing Wigan Warriors prop James Greenwood on loan until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old has linked up with the Robins with immediate effect and goes straight into head coach Chris Chester’s 19-man squad to face Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on Friday.
Rovers have seen props Dane Tilse and Adam Walker both go in for operations during the last few days and they are already without two other front-rows Greg Burke - ironically on a season-long loan from Wigan himself - and Mitch Allgood.
Second-row Graeme Horne, meanwhile, tore a pectoral muscle in the Challenge Cup win over Wigan on Friday so he is missing, too, along with former England hooker Shaun Lunt.
“James has come through a very good system at Wigan and he’s highly rated within the club and the game,” said Chester, about the 6ft 2in, 17-stone Greenwood.
“He’s a tough young kid who will bring a real physical presence out on the field and I’m sure he’ll make a big difference for us for the rest of the season.
“We’re delighted to have him on board and I can’t thank Wigan enough for allowing us to borrow his services.”
Oldham-born Greenwood has played just once for Wigan this season - against Castleford in March - and spent last season on loan at London Broncos, where he scored three tries in 16 matches.
This campaign he has tasted a month’s loan at Super League rivals Salford Red Devils and Hull KR chief executive Mike Smith said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Wigan coaching staff and directors for their support in allowing us to bring James on loan to the club for the rest of the season.
“I’m sure it will be a deal that benefits all parties and once again it goes to show the fantastic relationship we have with the Warriors and long may that continue.”
Wigan rugby director Kris Radlinski said: “When we were approached by Chris Chester, (coach) Shaun Wane and I agreed that this was a great opportunity for James to get some game time and some continuity rather than him not knowing where he is playing every week.
“Loan opportunities like this in Super League are few and far between and, although the dual-registration option has worked well for us, playing consistently at Super League level will be better for James in the long run.”