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.
â€œI love the club, itâ€™s my hometown club and weâ€™ve got a great bunch of lads here. I really believe weâ€™ve got the chance to achieve something with the squad weâ€™ve got,â€ he said.
â€œPersonally, I get on really well with Sandy and the coaching staff too so itâ€™s good to get it all sorted out because itâ€™s been playing on my mind a little bit.
â€œAll Iâ€™ve wanted to do is focus on my rugby but it is a bit distracting when itâ€™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.
â€œIâ€™m really happy Iâ€™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.
“Iâ€™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.â€
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.
â€œItâ€™s really important as a club that we keep hold of our home-grown players and itâ€™s great that Jordan has committed to Hull KR for the next two seasons at least,” said Hull KR coach, Craig Sandercock.
â€œHeâ€™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 heâ€™s only going to get better.
â€œHeâ€™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.â€