Super League: Wakefield winger Ben Cockayne returns to Hull KR on two-year deal
Last Updated: 12/11/13 11:25am
Ben Cockayne: Spent five years with Rovers before leaving under a cloud
Ben Cockayne has insisted he is a "changed person" after completing his return to Hull KR from Super League rivals Wakefield.
The 30-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Rovers, who he left in 2011 after a series of disciplinary problems.
The winger scored 57 tries in 139 appearances for the Robins in a five-year spell before moving to the Wildcats, and he is delighted to be returning to Craven Park.
"I've grown up a fair bit in the past couple of years," Cockayne said. "I've learnt a few of life's lessons the hard way and my life has gone full circle since I was last with the club.
"Coming back here was something I always thought I'd like to do. But for it to happen now when I feel as though I'm playing some of my best rugby is great and I can't quite believe it really."
Cockayne on Hull KR
"I've got a focus away from rugby league now which is a successful business that I'm involved with and I really enjoy dealing with that when I'm not training or playing. I'm a different person now and just want to repay a few people who have shown some faith in me.
"Coming back here was something I always thought I'd like to do. But for it to happen now when I feel as though I'm playing some of my best rugby is great and I can't quite believe it really. I'm really happy."
Rovers coach Craig Sandercock said: "I'm looking forward to working with Ben. He's gone really well over the past couple of seasons.
"I've had a good chat with him and he's coming back here for the right reasons."
Wakefield have accepted an undisclosed fee for Cockayne, who scored 27 tries in 53 appearances and earned a call-up into England's elite training squad this year.
Cockayne, who was still under contract, is the fifth senior player to leave the cash-strapped Wildcats, who have to raise money to prevent financial collapse.
Tim Smith, Kyle Amor, Paul Aiton and Justin Poore have all found new clubs, while centre Vince Mellars has left the Wildcats by mutual consent and threequarter Liam Kay has turned down a new contract offer.
"The club thank all for their efforts in the red, white and blue and wish them well in the future," said a Wakefield spokesman.