Gardner extends Hull KR loan move

Ade Gardner has extended his loan move to Hull KR
Ade Gardner has extended his loan move to Hull KR

Ade Gardner - one of the deadliest finishers in the Super League era - is to remain at Hull KR for the remainder of the season.

The fleet-footed Saints’ winger, who initially joined the Humberside outfit on a month’s loan, had the move extended last week until the end of the current campaign after impressing his ‘new employers’ with early performances on the edge.

He followed it up by scoring a try in Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie against Warrington Wolves at the KC Lightstream Stadium but it failed to

prevent the visitors booking their place in round five on the back of a 28-24 victory.

Craig Sandercock’s side are currently nursing injuries to backs Craig Hall and David Hodgson, and the Robins head coach is delighted that Gardner is staying at the club.

“Ade has been terrific for us while he’s been here,” said Sandercock.

“He’s the ultimate professional and has brought plenty of experience and talk to the side, both in training and on game day.

“With the injuries we have in our outside backs at the moment, it made sense to try and keep him here and I’m happy that we’ve managed to get that deal done.

“I’m sure Ade will continue to make a positive contribution to our club and is a great mentor for the younger players in our squad who will certainly benefit from having someone of his experience around the place.”

Gardner joined Saints from his home-town club Barrow in 2002, pulling on the famous red vee shirt no fewer than 286 times and scoring 173 tries in the process.

He has won almost every conceivable team honour in the sport and in the 2006 season was the Super League top try scorer with 31 touch downs to his name.