Hull KR's Jordan Abdull call vindicated with FC-bound halfback set to face supporters

Hull FC have agreed a deal to bring Jordan Abdull back to the club.
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Willie Peters believes the decision for Jordan Abdull to leave Hull KR has proven to be the best decision for all parties ahead of his return to the club on Saturday. The halfback is set to play for Catalans Dragons at Craven Park on Saturday, the first time he will have played against the club since leaving in the off-season.

Abdull is on a season-long loan deal with the Dragons this year but is eligible to play in the game, with Rovers looking for a fifth consecutive victory, one that would push them six points ahead of Steve McNamara's side.

Abdull made 55 appearances in four seasons at Rovers in his most recent spell, with Peters and the Robins well aware of the threats he poses. At the time, his departure was one of contention among the Hull KR fanbase, with the 28-year-old's talent undeniable. But Peters believes the move has worked out well for all parties.

"I asked Jordan at the time, and there was an answer to me that I thought it was probably the best time for Jordan to look elsewhere and to see what other opportunities were there," he said. "He came to me with the Catalans option, and we agreed it was probably the best option at the time, and I think it's been the right one for him.

"He needed to get away at the time, and he probably knows it's the right time to come back. He's made the decision to come back; it's not with us, but the main thing to us is to make sure he's happy, but we're playing him this weekend, so we need to make his night hard as well."

Peters added: "We know Jordan's strengths, and we know what he brings to a team. Obviously, a world-class kicking game, and he's a smart player, Jordan. He's gone to Catalans now, and he's got his future sorted. I'm really happy for him in that sense.

"The important thing for Jordan is to be happy on and off the field, and I think he's made some decisions on his future to help with that. Jordan is a good person; he's not part of our squad anymore, and we'll hopefully get one up on him at the weekend, like he is to us."

Of course, Abdull has agreed to join Hull FC next season, a move that will not have gone unnoticed by the Rovers fans who will be in attendance at Craven Park on Saturday.

"At the end of the day, there's respect there for the player, but of course, I'm sure he'll receive some sort of reception because he's going to the other side," Peters said with a smile on his face. "It's not aimed personally at Jordan, I'm sure, but it's like us, he wants to come here and win a football game, our aim is to win as well and our fans are going to do everything to help us win that game."

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