Rovers land Broncos’ Knight Dixon

Kieran Dixon (L) of London Broncos hands off George Williams during the Super League game between the London Broncos and Wigan Warriors
Kieran Dixon (L) of London Broncos hands off George Williams during the Super League game between the London Broncos and Wigan Warriors
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HULL KR have signed England Knights winger Kieran Dixon from London Broncos on a three-year contract starting next season.

His signature is a significant coup for the East Yorkshire club given the obvious promise shown during his early career in the capital.

One of Super League’s most promising players, lightening-quick Dixon has scored 38 tries in just 52 appearances although this current campaign had largely been written off after he endured a serious knee injury while on international duty last October.

That scuppered a potential move to Wigan Warriors - he only returned to Super League action with a try in relegated London’s shock win against Leeds on Sunday - but Hull KR have clearly benefitted.

Hackney-born Dixon, who turns 22 on Friday, said: “I made the England Knights squad at the end of last year but my injury halted my progress a little bit.

“It’s been frustrating but after two good years I’m hoping I can get back to my best form and challenge for an England spot in the not too distant future.

“Now that I’m back in the team, I want to end the year on a high and give myself something to take into what will be a big pre-season for me.

“Hopefully in the next three years, I can get myself back in the international frame and I’m sure the competition for places we’ll have at Rovers next season will help me massively.

“It’s a good time to be coming to the club. With the players already signed and a few more additions, hopefully we’ll have a squad capable of challenging towards the top end of the table.”

Hull KR head coach Chris Chester said: “We’re delighted that Kieran has chosen to come to Hull KR from next season.

“He was on the verge of a full England call-up 12 months ago and he’s had plenty of interest from other clubs so it’s great that we’ve been able to sign a player of his calibre.

“We’ve identified a lack of speed in the outside backs and Kieran certainly brings pace in abundance.

“He’s a great finisher and he scored another good try at the weekend so we’re looking forward to what he can bring to the side.”