Hull KR close to signing full-back Greg Eden from Huddersfield Giants
HULL KR have moved to sign Huddersfield Giants' star Greg Eden as the answer to their full-back problem.
Rovers had been facing starting the new season without a recognised full-back, having so far failed to replace Shannon McDonnell.
However, a move for Eden, who turns 22 on Thursday, looks set to be completed this week after the Robins made a cash offer for his services.
Eden's arrival will be seen as a positive move by the club to strengthen, and he will become the eighth new signing by coach Craig Sandercock ahead of the new season.
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Eden may only have 25 Super League games to his name, but he has already built a promising reputation in the English game.
Former Giants coach Nathan Brown, who signed him from Castleford at the end of the 2011 season, once described Eden as the 'next Billy Slater'.
Eden has a reputation for being an attacking full-back who likes to get on the end of breaks with his support play.
He first came to prominence in the Rugby League 9s, when he helped Castleford reach the finals night.
Huddersfield then lured him away ahead of the start of last season, and he helped the Giants race to top spot in April, with six tries in the opening nine games.
Brown's departure in July saw Paul Anderson take over as head coach, and he has now deemed Eden surplus to requirements with Scott Grix, Leroy Cudjoe and Aaron Murphy all capable of playing full-back.
Rovers could start next season with an all English back-line if Eden completes his move, as expected.
He could be joined by Dave Hodgson and Craig Hall on the wings, with Kris Welham and Sean Gleeson in the centres.
Omari Caro, Alex Brown and Liam Salter are also pushing for their opportunities.