It has been 10 long years since Jason Netherton joined Hull KR and not only has he signed a new 1-year deal, but for his long-term service and dedication to the club, he will be awarded with a testimonial game next year.
It was back in 2004 when Netherton joined the Rovers from Super League rivals, the Leeds Rhinos, with the veteran prop playing in 174 games for Hull KR in that time.
Honoured to have been awarded a testimonial game, Netherton says his first priority is to focus on the footy at hand.
â€œIâ€™m really proud to have reached 10 years with the club and itâ€™s a great honour for both myself and my family,â€ he said.
â€œI think players such as Paul Fletcher and Stanley Gene were the last ones to have testimonials here so to be in company like that is a real privilege.
â€œThe club have shown a lot of faith in me over the past 10 years and hopefully Iâ€™ve repaid that faith. When I first arrived at Craven Park in 2004, the thought of being here for such a long time never really crossed my mind. But then when you get to seven or eight years you start to think how nice it would be to reach 10 and here I am. I couldnâ€™t be happier really.
â€œTraining and playing has to be your main focus though as thatâ€™s what youâ€™re paid to do and nothing will change for me on that front. We have a committee in place and hopefully theyâ€™ll take a lot of the burden off my shoulders and just tell me when and where I need to turn up for the events! It will be a bit of a juggling act for me but weâ€™re not planning on having an excessive number of events and Iâ€™m confident that my performance in training and on the field wonâ€™t suffer at all.â€
For the club, they are pleased to see Netherton join a select and elite group of players who have all played for 10 or more years in Hull KR colours.
â€œJason is an honest professional both on and off the pitch and has given outstanding service to Hull KR during the past decade. Heâ€™s achieved something which is quite rare within the sport nowadays and should be extremely proud of the contribution he has made to the club,” said Hull KR CEO, Mike Smith.
â€œWith so many young players in our first team squad, having his experience around the place will be a big bonus and Iâ€™m sure the fans will turn out in numbers at his testimonial events to pay their tributes to him.â€