'I like what I see' Willie Peters on Hull KR's prop target amid wider recruitment update

Willie Peters has admitted to having his eye on Eribe Doro following reports of Hull KR's interest in the Bradford Bulls prop. Rugby League Live revealed earlier this week that the powerful forward had emerged as a transfer target at Craven Park in recent weeks.

Doro, 23, is having an impressive season in the Championship and that has seen him attract attention from the Robins, who have the flexibility to bolster their pack ahead of next season.

Peters was asked for his thoughts on the forward and admitted he was a player of interest to himself and the club.

"I can tell you I've had my eye on him and I've watched him play," Peters said. "I like what I see, but again, I can give you more in a few weeks time with where it's at. But Eribe, I looked at him when I was in Australia a couple of years back. I've followed him in the Championship, he's a good player."

A number of departures have also been confirmed recently. Louis Senior has made a permanent exit from the club after signing for his loanee club, Castleford Tigers, while the RFL's off-contract list confirmed the Robins would not be offering new deals to Matt Parcell, Reiss Butterworth and Harvey Moore.

Starting on Senior, Peters said: "Louis has been great," Peters said. "It's a great opportunity and I'm pleased for him because he wanted to start and play more regular first-team. He was off-contract this year, it was one of those situations where we couldn't offer him a contract and we spoke around if there was an opportunity, Cas presented him with that opportunity and he's taken it with both hands.

"Like some players that left last year, it's pleasing to see that they are doing well. We like to let them know early so they can get contracts with other clubs. We know what we've got the year after and if they're not in the plans, let them know nice and early."

On Parcell, Peters added: "Matty could play at this club and longer or at another Super League club if he likes, that's a decision he's going to have to make. But we had conversations last year, it's all been honest and open. I've known where he's at and vice versa. They've been open conversations and he's still a key member of our team."

With Butterworth also leaving, Peters confirmed that the club was now in the market to sign a new hooker to compete for a place in the squad with Jez Litten.

"We'll definitely need to get a hooker. We'll know more about our recruitment space in the next couple of weeks. We'll be looking to bring a few more in and what that looks like."

Letting players leave is always a tough part of the job for coaches, but one Peters is keen to do with the best interest of the player at heart. That means letting players know at an early stage to allow them the opportunity to explore deals elsewhere.

"It's all part of the job. Everyone is different and will take a different approach. My approach is that I'd prefer to let players know if we do know.

"If we know internally that we're going to go in another direction, my approach would be, to be honest and upfront with the player and where they're at as well. It's a two-way street, players have a lot of say as well with their managers, but it's one of those, if we know as a club we're going to go in a different direction, it gives them an opportunity to go get another job, another club.

"The last thing I want to do is, if I know something, hold off from telling the player and then four weeks before the end of the season, that's no good for anyone. If they don't get a job, I'm not going to feel too nice as a coach when I can let them know months earlier. As much as sometimes we have to make a call and it's not easy, and the player, it might not be nice to hear that, but they can get other opportunities."

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