Hull KR coach James Webster silent on Terry Campese return rumours

HULL KR head coach James Webster has distanced himself from reports injury-plagued captain Terry Campese could make a return to action before the end of the season.

Hull KR's Terry Campese

The Australian stand-off, 32, has endured a horrendous run with the East Yorkshire club since signing from Canberra Raiders at the end of 2014.

Last season was ruined by a knee reconstruction and, after making his return in March, he has managed just five games this term after continued hamstring problems.

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Campese was ruled out for the rest of the campaign after rupturing his hamstring tendon in the 20-18 loss at Wigan in June.

There has been reports of late, however, that he could yet feature to boost the club’s Qualifiers campaign.

But Webster said: “Hull loves rumours.

“I’ve had no indication from anyone from our medical team that Terry is fit to play again this year.

“We want to get him fit as soon as we can for himself and the club but having said that I’ve had no guidance from anyone above me that he’ll be fit.”

Rovers are bolstered, though, by the availability once more of Joe Wardill, the teenage winger who has just returned from England Academy’s tour of Australia.

“Joe got back Tuesday morning, said hello and popped in,” added Webster, about a player who has made such a positive impression since debuting against Wigan Warriors on Easter Monday.

“He enjoyed his experience, he’ll be ready for us over the next few weeks. “We had a good chat; he enjoyed certain parts of Australia and he played plenty of matches, so it’s fantastic experience for him.

“That experience is essential. You’ve got to play some tough matches.

“They copped a couple of hidings over there but having said that they experienced a different brand of rugby and he’d have had to fend for himself.

“It will have been very interesting for them (Will Oakes also travelled) but as a club we’re just happy they got the chance to experience that.”