Garbutt joins Hull KR
Two-time Grand Final winner Mitch Garbutt has left Leeds Rhinos to join Betfred Super League rivals Hull Kingston Rovers with immediate effect on a three year contract.
Garbutt joined Leeds midway through the Treble winning 2015 season, collecting three titles in his first fifteen games for the club. He was a Grand Final winner again in 2017 but was restricted to just nine games last season due to injury.
The 29-year-old prop made 72 appearances in total for the Rhinos in his four seasons at the club having previously played with Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm in the NRL.
Commenting on the move, Garbutt said, “The opportunity came up to leave Leeds, I had a chat with a few people and then met with Tim and he was really good. He was really straight forward with what he wanted and I think I’ll fit in really well here.
“I’m looking forward to the first game, I think the Derby is really exciting. I’ve always enjoyed playing against both Hull sides. I’m really looking forward to being a part of that Derby, it’s got such a big history – and obviously I’m looking forward to the East Stand maybe cheering for me and not yelling abuse at me.
“I would like to thank the Leeds Rhinos supporters who have always given me and my family great support during my time at the club, we have created some fantastic memories that will always live with me,” added Garbutt.
Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said, “We would like to wish Mitch all the best at Hull KR. He has been a popular member of our squad throughout his time here, he leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future.”