Hull KR get cash settlement for Scott Taylor - but no players
SCOTT Taylor says his two-year deal at Wigan Warriors is a 'dream come true'.
The 21-year-old finally completed his switch from Hull KR yesterday afternoon in a deal described as a 'substantial settlement'.
No Wigan players were signed for Rovers in the deal, as had been expected.
However, the Mail understands the cash settlement has been satisfactory to the Robins, not falling far short of the £100,000 recently secured for the sale of Blake Green to the same club.
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Taylor, who is currently training with the England Knights, has signed a two-year deal, with Wigan holding an option on extending it to a third season.
And after months of speculation over his long-term future, he couldn't hide his delight at joining the side which topped the Super League ladder this season.
"I'm over the moon a team like Wigan has come in for me. They are one of the best teams in the world and this is a massive opportunity for me," he said.
"Whilst growing up, Wigan were always a team I followed with interest and I enjoyed watching some of the game's top stars playing for them.
"Wigan are a massive club and I can't wait to meet all my new team mates and staff at the start of pre-season.
"I'm still in shock that I've signed for Wigan, it's a dream come true for me."
Taylor's time at the Robins, in which he emerged from the youth ranks into an England international, were soured by a final few months in which his future became the source of frustration for the club.
Taylor, who still had a year to run on his deal at KR, and agent David Howes refused to discuss a possible extension, leading to criticism from chairman Neil Hudgell.
However, both Taylor and Rovers put those issues aside to wish one another well.
"I really appreciate what Hull KR have done for me in the five years I've been there. The fans have been great and always been behind me," Taylor said.
"I owe a lot to the coaches and to the chairman Neil Hudgell for giving me the opportunities to progress with the club and become a first-team player."
Rovers' chief executive Mike Smith paid tribute to Taylor's contribution in the red and white shirt.
"Scott came to the club as a talented but raw youngster and we have developed him as a player and a person," he said.
"It's testimony to our youth development system that Scott has made the strides forward in the game that he has and attracted the attention of clubs such as Wigan.
"We are sorry to lose a player of Scott's undoubted potential, but as a club we move forward as we continue to identify and develop the best young players in the area."
Wigan coach Shaun Wane said: "I am really pleased to have secured the services of a talented British front rower like Scott. He already has a good skill set, but the coaching staff here will take him to another level."