Welham bows out at Hull KR after try century

Hull KR's Kris Welham (Picture: Tony Johnson).
Hull KR's Kris Welham (Picture: Tony Johnson).
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Long-serving Hull KR centre Kris Welham admits he will “miss” playing for the club after it was confirmed he will leave at the end of the season.

The former England Knights international is out of contract this year, has not been offered a new deal and, therefore, features in his penultimate game for them at Sheffield Eagles on Friday.

A product of the club’s academy, Hull-born Welham made his first-team debut in National League One in 2006 and has gone on to score 100 tries in 189 appearances for Rovers.

He played in their Challenge Cup final loss to Leeds Rhinos last month, but head coach Chris Chester – a former team-mate – has signed Wigan Warriors’ Iain Thornley and Leeds’s Thomas Minns for 2016.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a great career here and I’ll miss playing for Hull Kingston Rovers but all good things must come to an end,” said Welham, who will lead the team out on Friday.

“It’s now time for a new challenge from next season and I wish everybody at the club all the best for 2016 and beyond.

“It’s been a pleasure to pull on the Red and White shirt and I’ve got some fond memories from my time here.

“It’s disappointing not to be staying at the club next season, but my goal now is to end my Rovers career on a high.

“Scoring my 100th try against Bradford last weekend was an achievement I’m really proud of and now I’ve got my sights set on playing in these next two matches against Sheffield and Salford, hopefully winning them both.

“To score a century of tries and then finish the season unbeaten in the Qualifiers would be a good way to finish my time here.”

Chester admitted: “Personally, it’s very difficult not to give a new contract to somebody you have both played alongside and coached, but Kris understands our reasons and he’ll leave with our best wishes for the future.

“He has been a tremendous servant to this club and will be missed by everybody at Hull Kingston Rovers next season, but ultimately the time is right for all parties to move on.

“We’ve decided to go in a different direction in the backs next season and this is also an opportunity for Kris to seek a fresh challenge elsewhere, which I’m sure will bring out the best in him as well.”