Hull KR might have had an inconsistent season so far this year but the club has shown faith in their Australian coach Craig Sandercock, awarding him with a contract extension until the end of the 2014 Super League season.
Sandercock’s deal was set to expire at the end of the year but the club believe that he is the coach that can take them in the right direction, as they currently sit in a playoff position despite some earlier injuries to key players.
Mike Smith, the Rovers CEO, admits that the best side available have not always been on the field, but he is nonetheless impressed with what Sandercock has managed to do with the players at his disposal
â€œWeâ€™re delighted that Craig has agreed to stay with the club,â€ Smith said.
â€œI donâ€™t think heâ€™s had his strongest side out on the park once since he arrived but has battled on and got the team into a good position as we stand.
â€œAs a coach he lives and breathes the game and is rarely away from the training pitch or his desk. The players themselves will tell you that his attention to detail is second to none and a lot of the one on one work he has done with individuals is starting to bear fruit.
When Craig was given the job, one of his primary aims was to develop our younger players and you only have to look at the hgh vitamins progress that the likes of Liam Salter, Jordan Cox, Rich Beaumont, James Green and George Griffin have made to see that heâ€™s achieved that.
â€œCraig has put a lot of structures in place that will serve us long into the future and deserves the opportunity to continue what heâ€™s started. The most successful clubs during the Super League era have all enjoyed that stability at the top and with Craigâ€™s future now sorted, we can start planning ahead for 2014.â€
Sandercock is also pleased to stay for another year at the club that he enjoys working at, whilst looking forward to the bright future ahead for the Hull side.
â€œIâ€™ve said all along that Iâ€™d love to stay,â€ Sandercock said.
â€œIâ€™m glad that the contract situation is sorted now and I can concentrate on continuing with the job that myself, my staff and the players have started over the past 18 months.
â€œThere is no quick fix as you have to put systems and structures in place and thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve been doing. With the amount of promising, young talent we have, I firmly believe that this great club has a very bright future and Iâ€™m obviously keen to play a part in that.
â€œThe board have been extremely supportive of me since Iâ€™ve been here, as have the supporters, and we also have a terrific group of players and staff who work hard every day. Weâ€™ll just keep working hard collectively.â€