Travis Burns 'can help Hull KR to win honours' after signing three-year deal
TRAVIS Burns believes his no-nonsense style can help Hull KR return to being in contention for major honours.
Having long been linked with a switch to the Robins, the stand-off has now officially signed a three-year deal for the start of next season.
The 28-year-old is a direct replacement for the departing Blake Green, who has agreed to join Wigan, and he's already excited by his switch to Super League.
"Next season we will have a good squad with a lot of young players coming through and I'm excited about being a part of that," he told the Mail.
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"With Blake moving on, it's the perfect time for me to come over to Rovers.
"I'm looking forward to teaming up with Michael Dobson because I think our styles will complement each other.
"All I can do is give my best and I hope to play the best rugby I can.
"It's come at a good time for me because I have always wanted to play in Super League.
"I'm not just saying that now I'm coming over, I've wanted to test myself in England for many years.
"It's a shame Rovers missed out on the play-offs this year, but hopefully I can help them improve."
Following Salford centre Sean Gleeson, North Queensland second rower Cory Paterson and Newcastle prop Evarn Tuimavave to MS3 Craven Park, Burns is now the fourth confirmed new signing for 2013.
He will arrive in east Hull after seeing his seven-season spell in the NRL ended by a 12-match ban for two separate incidents in a league game.
Whilst he admits it was a disappointing end to his time in Australia, the experienced star believes things have now worked out for the best.
"Everything happens for a reason," Burns said.
"It's an exciting new chapter in my life and in the life of my family.
"I'm getting married to Kristal on October 20. After that we will move to England with our 18-month-old son Jake.
"I can't wait to get over to England and start pre-season training.
"It's a three-year deal, but if things work out well in that time, we might stay longer.
"We are happy about the move and when you are happy, you tend to play at your best."
A key factor behind the deal was the chance to reunite with coach Craig Sandercock, who he knows from their time at Manly Sea Eagles.
With Sandercock trying to put his own stamp on the Robins for 2013, Burns hopes his mentor will help him to play the best rugby of his career.
"I have a lot of time for Craig," added Burns.
"He was at Manly for a couple of years when I was there. He is a very good up and coming young coach and I'm excited about playing for him.
"I'm not sure yet how Craig wants myself and Michael to play, but I know he was keen to bring me over to Rovers. Craig will bring the best out of me."