Rhys Lovegrove to stay at Hull KR but Ben Galea will go
HULL KR have told captain Ben Galea he will not be offered a new contract for next season.
The 33-year-old, who was made captain at the start of the campaign, had publicly spoken of his desire to remain at the Robins.
However, talks over a new contract are believed to have broken down in the early stages, with the Robins concerned over his recent injuries.
Galea missed the first nine rounds of Super League this season with a knee injury and is currently ruled out with hamstring trouble.
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He will see out the season at KR and is targeting a return in the derby later this month. But he will now be granted permission to speak to other clubs, ending a five-year association at MS3 Craven Park.
Nobody was available to comment on the matter at Rovers, as rumours of Galea's future started to spread on Twitter last night.
However, the Mail understands he told his team-mates he would be leaving at the end of the season, with confirmation expected from the club in the next 24 hours.
The news of Galea's departure comes as Rovers announced positive news about retaining another key member of this season's squad in second-rower Rhys Lovegrove.
He has signed a new three-year deal until the end of 2015.
The former St George Illawarra youngster, who spoke to the Mail before news of Galea's departure broke, said he believes staying at KR is the best move for his career.
"I'm happy and relieved a bit as well," Lovegrove told the Mail.
"It's nice to have things sorted for the next three years for me and my family.
"I'm glad I'm playing well enough to get this new deal and I'm over the moon.
"It would be a massive achievement for me if I were able to start and finish at Rovers. That would be amazing for me personally.
"To do that though I need to continue playing well."
Lovegrove's new deal is reward for a solid season this year, in which he has been used at prop, centre and on the wing.
It has ensured the 25-year-old a regular starting spot, but now he is hoping to secure a regular position in the side too.
"The last couple of years I've floated in and out, starting and coming off the bench in the front row, second row, centre and even on the wing," he said.
"I'd like to solidify myself as a number 13, or any other position Craig wants me to play. I just want to hammer down a spot.
"I'm 25, and I have a lot of ambition in me – I want to be a starter.
"And, of course, I'm like everyone else, I want to win something."
Lovegrove's new deal puts an end to speculation linking him with a move to Hull FC.
However, although he was aware of the speculation, he insists no approach was made.
"You need to get a bunch of possible options to find out what's best for your family, and there was talk with various clubs, but nothing like an offer was ever discussed," he said.
"I had my mind set on staying here and I was not keen on moving.
"Had Hull been the only option then I'd have had to take it, but I couldn't envisage playing for them."