Liam Watts completes move from Hull KR to Hull FC
LIAM Watts says he's intent on making the most of his fresh start after signing a three-and-a-half year deal with Hull FC.
The 21-year-old has made the move from Hull KR to the KC Stadium with immediate effect, as previously revealed in the Mail earlier this week.
Watts has already linked up with Hull today and is expected to take part in his first training session tomorrow, although doubts remain as to whether he will be drafted into the playing squad for Sunday's trip to Warrington as a late replacement for Danny Houghton, who is known to be injured.
Speaking on the club's website, Watts says he cannot wait to get started at the Black and Whites.
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"Hull are a club that's on the rise and I couldn't quite believe it when my agent contacted me and said Hull were interested in taking me on. I just wanted to sign with them straight away," said Watts.
"There's not many players who have swapped between the two clubs like this and I'm one of only a few to come to Hull FC from Hull KR.
"It's going to be a big challenge and while I left Rovers on good terms, I'm a Hull player now and that's all I want to concentrate on. It's a fresh start for me and I want to make the most of it."
Hull have made no reference to paying a fee in the deal in their announcement, but Rovers chairman Neil Hudgell has told the Mail that was a key reason why the Black and Whites had beaten off two other clubs.
He expressed disappointment with Watts' recent performances, but said he wished him well at the Black and Whites.
"We thought the time was right for Liam to move on," he said.
"He wasn't getting in the side and asked for release. We are not going to stand in the way of someone who doesnt want to be with us.
"We want to develop the right mentality among the playing group and maybe Liam hasn't bought into that as we would have liked.
"A change of scenery is probably in best interests of both parties. We wish him well."
Hudgell also says Watts' move across the city reflects the new improved relations between the two clubs.
"I am not hung up or concerned that he's gone to Hull, it was the best deal for us," he said.
"Of the three clubs to show an interest Hull were the only ones offering any money so it was an easy call in many ways.
"The fact that we have a good relationship at board level now made the deal possible.
"I suppose it makes a change and maybe is a bit of a sign of the progress we have made that they now are happy to take players off us, albeit one we were happy to let go."