He may not have played any first-grade for the club, but St George Illawarra Dragons junior Rhys Lovegrove, has made the decision to remain in the ESL, signing a new deal that will see stay with the Robins until the end of the 2015 season.
Lovegrove, 25, was off-contract at the end of the current season, but Hull KR acted quickly to re-secure his services, with the 2015 season to be Lovegrove’s 9th season at the club.
Making his debut for the Robins in 2007, Lovegrove has quickly become a popular player at the club, and very recently made his 100th appearance for the club.
As he works his way back to full fitness, Lovegrove says that sorting out is future was important, and that staying at the Robins was the result he was after.
“I always wanted to stay here”, he said.
“There were one or two options, but nothing really serious, and the only talking I was doing was with Hull KR. It’s great to get it all sorted out, and the new contract takes me a long-way towards my goal of being a one-club player”.
â€œIâ€™ve had a few chats with Sandy (Craig Sandercock) about the plans he has here and I want to be a part of that over the next few seasons. I started at square one when I first came over as it was our first year in the Super League and the club has really grown since then. Iâ€™m excited about the future and glad to be staying here.â€
Craig Sandercock, who is the coach at Hull KR, said that the club is pleased to have retained the Australian forward, and believes that there is room for improvement in him yet.
â€œRhys is only 25 and his best years are ahead of him which is why weâ€™ve given him three years,â€ Sandercock said. â€œWe think he can go on and really establish himself as a vital member of our team.
â€œHe is a consummate professional who prepares well every week and can play in a number of different roles. Heâ€™s already done that for us this year and Iâ€™d expect him to rise to another level next season.â€