Canberra Raiders veteran Dane Tilse has decided to take up a two-and-a half year deal with European Super league outfit Hull KR following his side’s round six match against the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium.
The move will see Tilse end a 10-year career at the Raiders that began in 2006, after he was sacked by the Newcastle Knights in 2005. The match against the Storm will also be Tilse’s 200th for the club.
Despite being contracted to the Raiders until the end of 2016, an opportunity opened up for the 30-year old to make the move. Tilse will replace recently retired prop Michael Weyman, a former Raider, after he was forced into retirement due to a chronic knee injury.
“Playing in England was always something I wanted to do towards the end of my career and the opportunity came early when Hull approached me to join their team after Mick Weyman retired a few weeks ago due to injury,” Tilse told the clubs’ website. “It’s a new challenge for me to go over there and it’s one I’m really looking forward to.
“Everybody I’ve spoken to has had good things to say about Rovers and it sounds like a club on the way up,” he said. “I’ve had a brief chat to Josh Hodgson and he spoke very highly of the club, as did Mick Weyman’s dad. I played with Mick at Canberra and his old man said how much he’d enjoyed it over there.
“The Raiders and Canberra has been my home for almost ten years and I want to take the opportunity to thank them for everything they’ve done for me during my time at the club,” Tilse said. “They’ve also allowed me to leave my current contract and give me the chance to continue my career in England. They’ve been great through this whole process and I thank them for it.
“I’d love to have the opportunity to play my 200th match for the club before I leave and thank all of the loyal Raiders fans for all of their support over the years as well. The Raiders are a great club with great supporters and I know they’ve got a bright future ahead under Ricky Stuart.”
Raiders CEO Don Furner praised Tilse’s work ethic and thanked him for his service to the club.
“Dane has been one of our most consistent players over a number of years and he’ll be remembered as a tough competitor who always gave his best for the club,” Furner told Raiders.com.au. “We are happy Dane has the opportunity to have a fitting farewell from the club and we wish him all the best for his future at Hull KR.
“Dane, like his father Mick (who played for the Raiders) will always be part of the family and always welcome back here.”