Young Hull KR prop signs contract extension

Jordan Cox

Retaining young, talented players is something all clubs seek to do and for Hull Kingston Rovers, re-signing prop Jordan Cox was a priority for them.

The 22-year-old has signed a contract extension until the end of 2016, with his utility value as a prop or back-rower an important facet of his overall game.

The decision was an easy one for Cox, who is playing for his hometown club and alongside his mates.

“I love the club, it’s my hometown club and we’ve got a great bunch of lads here. I really believe we’ve got the chance to achieve something with the squad we’ve got,” he said.

“Personally, I get on really well with Sandy and the coaching staff too so it’s good to get it all sorted out because it’s been playing on my mind a little bit.

“All I’ve wanted to do is focus on my rugby but it is a bit distracting when it’s your future and you keep hearing stories about other clubs supposedly being interested in you.”

Cox knows that he has been a bit inconsistent but it is an area he seeks to rectify, in order to play more first-grade.

“I’m really happy I’ll be staying here and the aim now is to establish a regular place in the side over the next couple of years,” said Cox.

“I’ve been having a few good games and then dipping off a bit, so I want to be more consistent and hopefully get picked for the England Knights again.”

It was three years ago as a 19-year-old when Cox made his debut and for the club, retaining home-grown players that are young like Cox is crucial.

“It’s really important as a club that we keep hold of our home-grown players and it’s great that Jordan has committed to Hull KR for the next two seasons at least,” said Hull KR coach, Craig Sandercock.

“He’s still only young but Jordan has worked very hard to develop his game over the past couple of years and the exciting this is he’s only going to get better.

“He’s really benefitting from training and playing alongside some of the more experienced members of the squad and the fact that players such as Jordan see their long-term future here is testament to the direction the club is moving in.”

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