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Shaun Lunt signs four-year deal with Hull KR

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Hull KR have received a boost on the eve of their first Challenge Cup final appearance for 29 years with hooker Shaun Lunt committing his future to the club.

The 28-year-old Cumbrian is currently on loan to the Robins from Huddersfield but is out of contract with the Giants at the end of the season and on Thursday announced he has signed a four-year deal to remain at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

The announcement came as Hull KR prepared to depart for their London base ahead of Saturday's Wembley final against Leeds.


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Lunt, who helped Leeds reach Wembley and win the Grand Final during a loan spell with the Rhinos in 2012, had been linked with a return to Headingley as a replacement for the outgoing Paul Aiton.

But the England international admits his career has been re-ignited by his move to east Yorkshire after losing a starting spot at Huddersfield and is delighted to make his stay a permanent one.

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"I've loved it here," Lunt told Press Association Sport. "The club has been absolutely fantastic for me. The fans and players have all been great and I just want to repay them all by doing my best on Saturday.

"At Huddersfield I had a little niggling injury that plagued me throughout pre-season which I couldn't get to the bottom of and I had an injury last year so thought the end was near.

"This has been a fresh start for me. We are all human at the end of the day and you get stuck in a rut. It's surprising what a change of scenery can do for you."

Lunt, who played for England in 2009, added: "I wanted to get the new contract sorted before the cup final on Saturday and now I can concentrate on the game.

"I've been on the losing team at Wembley twice in my career and I'd love nothing more than to be picking up that trophy and giving it a big kiss this weekend.

"It would mean the world to me and those boys in the changing room, as well as to the fans and to the club."

Hull KR coach Chris Chester added: "Signing up Shaun to a new contact was one of our main aims for next season and it's been a smooth process dealing with Lunty and his agent.

"He wanted to stay and we wanted to keep him so we're thrilled to get the deal over the line.

"It's a real statement of intent from the club to tie down a player of Shaun's calibre on a long-term contract. He's coming into the prime of his career and he's somebody with a pedigree of playing well in big games.

"He's an experienced player who's played in Challenge Cup Finals and Grand Finals and he's fitted in really well around the club, so we're really looking forward to having him on board for another four years."

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