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McCullough joins Knights for remainder of 2020 season.

 

New Newcastle Knights signing Andrew McCullough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Perhaps a move surprising many, veteran hooker Andrew McCullough will depart the Brisbane Broncos and join the Newcastle Knights.

McCullough, who will join the Knights for the 2020 season, was a long term mainstay in the Broncos side under several coaches. 

The emergence of Jake Turpin, however, cast doubt over his position and tenure at the club.

Since debuting in 2008, McCullough has played in 260 NRL games and provides the Knights with added hooker strength.

“Andrew is a quality defensive player with a consistent passing game and kick threat,” Knights coach Adam O’Brien said.

“He’s a senior player with maturity which will only compliment Mitchell Pearce, Kurt Mann and Kalyn Ponga in the spine.

“I am looking forward to having him join our roster ahead of the 2020 season resumption.”

Brisbane Broncos CEO Paul White praised McCullough’s efforts at Brisbane and wished him the best moving forward.

“We wish Andrew and Carlie all the best in what will be a new and exciting opportunity for them,” White said.

“He has been a favourite son of the Broncos for a long period of time and has always been so well respected by his fellow players and staff.

“It is a sad day for the Broncos to see him depart Brisbane, but he will always be welcome back here at the club.

Ricky’s All-Time Teams Pt 9: St George Illawarra Dragons

St George Illawarra Dragons legend and prolific try-scorer Nathan Blacklock

A newer team overall given the joint venture but the St George Illawarra Dragons have still seen quality players. 

A premiership under Wayne Bennett, some good seasons but also some bad seasons, the road has not been easy for the the Dragons.

But where there are hard times, there are good times.

So here are our picks for the greatest St George Illawarra Dragons players ever:

  1. Ben Hornby – Proved his utility value early on but it was his work at custodian put him on the map. Later moved to halfback.

2. Jason Nightingale – A quality finisher for the Dragons, the man nicknamed ‘Flossy’ or ‘Gypsy’ loved a good try. He ran hard and quickly became a fan favourite.

3. Matt Cooper – A hard-running and gifted centre, Cooper had the looks to match his on-field play. His ability was on show for all to see and he was there through the good and bad.

4. Mark Gasnier – Playing alongside Cooper for years, Gasnier was the yin to Cooper’s yang. Physically imposing and strong, Gasnier quickly cemented his spot as an elite centre in the game.

5. Nathan Blacklock – The man from Tingha. He set try-scoring records, scored tries for fun, and all of it made Blacklock an electrifying winger. One of the best of his time.

6. Jamie Soward – A crafty player, Soward was always on the lookout for a defensive weakness to exploit either with a darting run or a classy kick.

7. Trent Barrett – A gifted player, even from a young age, people knew Barrett would shine at the Dragons. A deft kicking game, a solid passing game, Barrett often stood out.

8. Jason Ryles – 2001 is when Ryles came into his own as a player and he did not look back. He ran with heart and passion, and put the defence on notice.

9. Mark Riddell – The man they called Piggy. If he wasn’t winning fans over with his larrikin ways, it was his unique goal-kicking style. It gave him cult status and the fans would mimic him as he took goals.

10. Chris Leikvoll – Just a hard worker, a tenacious player and one that would bust his backside in attack and defence every week.

11. Ben Creagh – Started out as a centre/winger but made the move to back-row. A consistent performer, Creagh was a long-term mainstay of the Dragons side.

12.  Lance Thompson – One of the hardest workers on the footy field, his consistency was lauded by many fans and he quickly became a favourite.

13. Dean Young – Every team needs a guy like Dean Young. He was the Dragons heart and soul. Not flashy but he didn’t need to be; he was ever-present, always giving 100%.

14. Trent Merrin – Some of Merrin’s best years of rugby league have come at the Dragons. A hard-running, mobile forward, Merrin was known for his offloading ability.

15. Shaun Timmins – Just 17 when he debuted, it was evident Timmins had talent. Became a Dragons mainstay at centre but dabbled in the back-row as well, among other positions.

16. Brett Morris – Speed, strength, and skill, Brett Morris had it all. For years, he’s been an elite winger and he was a prolific try-scorer for the Dragons.

17. Dan Hunt – A surprise? Perhaps, but he worked hard, helped lay a platform and put the Dragons in good positions with consistent forward play.

St George Illawarra utility Shaun Timmins

Flegler agrees to additional contract extension with Broncos

Brisbane Broncos prop Thomas Flegler

A promising young prop coming through their ranks, Thomas Flegler will remain with the Brisbane Broncos for a further season.

With 23 games to his name in his debut season, Flegler is excited to get stuck into another season.

“It all happened pretty quick, so I’m pumped to be here for another year and get back into training and focus on 2020,” said Flegler.

Flegler wants to build on his 2019 season with more games and more minutes.

“First of all, I’d just like to get my minutes up, play as many rounds as I can,” he said.

“Ideally, I would love to get a starting spot in the number 13 jersey, but if that doesn’t happen I’m still going to go out next week and try my best”.

Flegler’s sights are set high on achievements, one of the biggest being to put himself in contention for a QLD Origin berth.

“That’s my goal. That’s my big one,” said a determined Flegler.

NRL Stats Breakdown Rd 15: Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm hooker and captain Cameron Smith

A grand final rematch from last season, and the tensions are high. The Sydney Roosters got the better of the Melbourne Storm who will be out for blood.

Both these sides are powerhouses and both will want to continue their dominance moving forward.

As always, it should be another tremendously good fixture.

Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm Stats Breakdown

The Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm have played each other on 38 occasions; the Roosters have won 17 games, the Storm have won 20 and there has been one draw.

The Roosters need to score just five points to score 700 total points against the Storm. The Storm need just 23 points to score 800 total points against the Roosters.

The first clash between the two sides was in round 21, 1998, in a 32-20 win to the Melbourne Storm.

Top try-scorers in this clash

Anthony Minichiello (SYD) – 10
Billy Slater (MEL) – 9
Marcus Bai (MEL) – 8
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (SYD) – 6
Matt Sing (SYD) – 5
Brad Fittler (SYD) – 5
Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 5
Steve Turner (MEL) – 5
Greg Inglis (MEL) – 5
Cooper Cronk (MEL/SYD) – 5

Top point-scorers in this clash

Cameron Smith (MEL) – 2 tries, 59 goals & 1 field goal (122 pts)
Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 5 tries & 39 goals (98 pts)
Matt Orford (MEL) – 3 tries & 20 goals (52 pts)
James Maloney (MEL/SYD) – 22 goals (44 pts)
Anthony Minichiello (SYD) – 10 tries (40 pts)
Latrell Mitchell (SYD) – 3 tries, 12 goals & 1 field goal (37 pts)
Billy Slater (MEL) – 9 tries (36 pts)
Marcus Bai (MEL) – 8 tries (32 pts)
Steve Turner (MEL) – 5 tries & 3 goals (26 pts)
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (SYD) – 6 tries (24 pts)

Former Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello

Head coaching records

Graham Murray (MEL) – 3/4 (75%)
Chris Anderson (MEL) – 3/5 (60%)
Craig Bellamy (MEL) – 16/28 (57.1%)
Brian Smith (SYD) – 2/4 (50%)
Trent Robinson (SYD) – 6/13 (46.2%)
Ricky Stuart (SYD) – 3/7 (42.9%)
Brad Fittler (SYD) – 2/5 (40%)
Phil Gould (SYD) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Mark Murray (MEL) – 1/4 (25%)
Chris Anderson (SYD) – 0/1 (0%)

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Michael Crocker – 2001-2005 (SYD) & 2006-2008 (MEL)
  2. David Kidwell – 2002 (SYD) & 2003-2006 (MEL)
  3. Brett Finch – SYD (2003-2006) & 2009-2010 & 2013 (MEL)
  4. Cooper Cronk – 2004-2017 (MEL) & 2018-2019 (SYD)
  5. Chris Walker – 2003-2005 (SYD) & 2006 (MEL)
  6. George Rose – 2004-2005 (SYD) & 2014 (MEL)
  7. Richard Fa’aoso – 2005 (SYD) & 2012 (MEL)
  8. Nate Myles – 2007-2011 (SYD) & 2017 (MEL)
  9. Sisa Waqa – 2009 (SYD) & 2011-2014 (MEL)
  10. Jason Ryles – 2010-2011 (SYD) & 2012-2013 (MEL)
  11. James Maloney – 2009 (MEL) & 2013-2015 (SYD)
  12. Lagi Setu – 2013 (MEL) & 2015 (SYD)

Biggest winning margins

The Melbourne Storm’s biggest win over the Sydney Roosters was a 46-0 romp in round 14, 2016.

The Sydney Roosters biggest triumph over the Melbourne Storm was a 41-6 victory in round 19, 2000.

Players to be sin-binned/sent-off in this fixture

  1. Sam Perrett (SYD) sin-binned in round 2, 2006.
  2. Victor Radley (SYD) sin-binned in round 16, 2018.
  3. Cameron Munster (MEL) sin-binned twice in the 2018 NRL grand final.

Ricky’s NRL Interviews Pt 14: Martin Lang

Penrith Panthers prop Martin Lang

There’s been a bit of a hiatus with the NRL player interviews but it’s back and rating to go! 

We had a brief chat with former Penrith Panthers, Cronulla Sharks and Queensland Maroons prop, Martin Lang.

A no-nonsense, hard-running and determined forward, Lang was the workhorse of any team he played for and a well-respected player.

Our chat covers his early days of league, his NRL stint and that famous tackle from the 2003 NRL grand final.

1) What are your earliest memories of rugby league? 

My father taking me to Lang Park in the 80’s to watch State of Origin.

2) Your father John Lang is a name etched in rugby league folklore; what was it like to have him as a father who loved rugby league and how did he help you become a better player and person?

My father is a man of high moral fibre. He provided both myself and my siblings with a wonderful childhood, never putting pressure on us and supporting whatever we chose to do.

He never pushed rugby league onto me. I pushed rugby league onto myself. 

3) You made your debut at the Cronulla Sharks in 1996; what do you remember of your first game and were you expecting the call up? 

I remember the game well, playing at the SFS against the Roosters alongside Les Davidson was very surreal. 

I wasn’t really expecting the call up but was being mentioned around the place as I’d had a good year in reserve grade. I was 20 years old.

4) After numerous seasons at the Sharks, you moved to the Panthers in the early 00’s; what prompted that move out West?

I went to Penrith to play under Royce Simmons who I have a tremendous amount of respect for, both as a coach and a person. 

I didn’t re-sign at the Sharks because playing under Chris Anderson wasn’t something that appealed to me. 

5) Of course, that move out West lead to a premiership with Penrith in 2003; what was it like to lift the premiership trophy with such a talented team?

The premiership with Penrith was the culmination of many years of hard work but not quite getting there. 

To win it with my father was special. Dad deserved that more than anyone. 

6) We also have to ask – Scotty Sattler’s now famous tackle on Todd Byrne on that very game in that very game is still talked about and replayed to this very day; what do you remember of the moment?

The Sattler tackle. It really epitomised who Scott was and how he played his whole career. 

Most of the little one percenters that Scott did on the field wouldn’t get noticed by the wider public but his teammates and coaches did. 

I thought it was fitting that he would finally get the recognition he deserved for a play that he’d be making his entire career. 

7) You also played Origin for Queensland; how does Origin differ from the NRL arena and what did mean to you to don the Maroons jersey? 

Origin was a very surreal experience. I grew up in Brisbane as an Origin fanatic as a child. 

To become an Origin player and have the opportunity to play alongside so many great players I’d admired from afar was an overwhelming experience. 

My father and I were the first father/son to do so. 

8) After a career that spanned almost a decade, you retired in 2004; what have you been up to in the years since?

I studied at University doing a biomedical/exercise science degree and now work in the medical device industry specialising in the spine area. 

Pizza delivery for Ronald McDonald House as Sharks players come to town

Good deeds happen more often than you think in rugby league but often, are not given the light of day via mainstream media channels. 

Take Cronulla Sharks players Chad Townsend and Matt Moylan.

The two are stars at their club, busy with training, games, media commitments and much more.

In their own time, however, they took it upon themselves to put a smile on kids’ faces.

For those unfamiliar with Ronald McDonald House, the work they do in preserving families and assisting with ill children is tremendous.

Their services allow families to stay close together for love and support, while also keeping them close to the care and medical facilities their child needs.

Quite often, these kids are sad at not being able to lead a normal life like so many of their peers.

This is where actions like these, where footy players go out and deliver pizzas and just talk to the kids, makes so much difference.

The wide grins from the kids tells the whole story and how much visits like these mean to them.

For more information on the Ronald McDonald House or if you want to donate, visit rmhc_sydney on Instagram or rmhc.org.au.

Garry Jack: What playing for the Tigers meant to me

Balmain Tigers fullback Garry Jack

One of the greatest ever players to don the Balmain Tigers jersey, Garry Jack has long been a fan favourite of the diehards. 

Speaking with Westslife Podcast, Garry Jack opened up on his playing career, what the club meant to him and what life has held post-footy.

Jack wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to the Tigers and he gave his thoughts on where the current team is at.

“I think given that where things were at last year with Ivan Cleary, when I found out he was leaving, I was disappointed,” said Jack.

“When I found out we were getting Maguire [Michael] to come on board, I thought that was a better fit for the club.”

Looking to improve on previous years, Jack believes the Tigers can push for higher honours.

“They’ve got a good squad, I think he [Maguire] has a great brain for picking out talent and he will develop these players,” said Jack.

Wests Magpies Garry Jack

Jack’s rugby league career began far away from the black and white of the Magpies realm in Wollongong.

“I played for Wests Illawarra which is the Red Devils down there from U7’s all the way through to first-grade,” the Balmain legend continued.

“My father played down there, my grandfather played down there, so I’m from a football family.”

Jack played alongside another Balmain legend in Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach, one of the club’s greatest ever props.

“Blocker [Steve Roach] was the year behind me and we played U17’s together,” Jack said.

“We went to the same high school, Blocker and I.

“He went to Balmain as a junior and I stayed at Wests Illawarra.”

Balmain Tigers prop Steve Roach, long-time teammate of Garry Jack.

It was then a catch-up following a touch footy game that would change the trajectory of Jack’s rugby league career forever.

“I was offered a trial and a chance to get fit and so I drove up there every day,” Jack said, excited at the opportunity.

“Garry Dowling, Johnny Ribot, Terry Lamb, Allan Neale were all there.

“We all trained with the first-grade squad; I was just one of the young fellas coming through.

“I played the trials and Roy Masters pulled me aside and wanted to offer me a contract.”

Balmain Tigers legend Garry Jack playing against the Parramatta Eels

The decision at the time for a young Jack was not easy but the chance in Sydney was too hard to give up.

“My dad was with me and I said I didn’t want to come to Sydney, I wanted to stay in Wollongong,” Jack said, telling the story.

“He said it was a great opportunity to come up and I think you’re going to end up as a five-eighth, not as a fullback.

“That’s what his advice to me was. That was good advice from Roy, hehe.”

The move to Wests led to a move to Balmain where Jack truly hit his stride as a player.

“There were about four clubs interested in me [Canberra, Eastern Suburbs, Illawarra and Balmain],” said Jack of the interest in him at the time.

“I suppose the biggest factor was that Keith Barnes came to my house in Sydney and he was good mates with the recruitment officer back in those days.

“We had a chat for three hours and he told me wanted a fullback for the future.

The powerhouse 1989 Balmain team featuring Garry Jack, Paul Sironen, Steve Roach and Wayne Pearce.

“They had Wayne Pearce coming through, a guy called Benny Elias coming through.

“I took a couple of weeks to decide but then I called him back and said I’d love to join the club, so I did.”

Although Jack’s Balmain side made two grand finals and lost both, the former fullback has watched them back since and forgot just how good they were.

“We actually did sit together once at Fox Studios in 2005,” Jack reminisced.

“We sat in a nice big booth there and watched the game. I’d never seen the game from 89 in 2005.

“My recollection of it after watching was what a great game it actually was! I was just so disappointed that we had lost.”

Australian representative Garry Jack

Jack also played for both the Sheffield Eagles and the Salford Red Devils in England, and opened up on the English game and his experiences there.

“It was a lot of fun. I was there for three years,” said Jack.

“I went to Sheffield Eagles in 1992-93 and had a great time over there. They were a young team and we made the final of the Yorkshire Cup.”

“The following year I was approached by Salford as a player-coach for a year and then coach the next year.

“I loved being a full-time professional and loved my time as coach for Salford.”

That experience as player-coach at Salford fuelled Jack’s desire to look at long-term coaching back in Australia.

“I loved coaching at Salford and a personal goal of mine was to try and come back here and coach in Australia,” Jack said.

Garry Jack during his time at Salford

When his time in England came to an end, Jack still felt fit enough to play on.

As luck would have it, he would rejoin the Balmain side alongside former team-mate Ellery Hanley.

“I feel really good,” Jack said, who was 34 at the time.

“I trained hard for six weeks, spoke to the club and when I got back to Australia, the club and Wayne Pearce gave me an opportunity.

“I played 11 games to end the year and I like to think I helped them there to steady the ship.”

Balmain meant so much to Jack and he enjoyed his second stint as much as his first.

“I was very fortunate; Balmain fans gave me a great reception when  I left in 92,” he said.

“I loved all my time at Balmain. I just loved the club, the joint and made plenty of great mates and memories from that era.

Balmain Tigers utility Ellery Hanley, a team-mate of Garry Jack’s.

As most players do, you learn that life is not all about footy and that pre-planning for your life post retirement is more important than ever.

“For the last 12 months, I’ve worked for the TAB,” said Jack.

“The last six months, that has led me into the Digital Acquisitions which means when you go to a hotel or club and you’re on your phone, I help sign people up on the TAB app.

“I have a lot of younger people and students going around to hotels and that sort of stuff.

“I’m responsible for their training.”

To listen to the full Westslife podcast, click the link and follow the Westslife podcast on Twitter (@WestsLifePod).

Tigers fans and rugby league fans in general, if you do not do so already, you can also follow Garry Jack on twitter (@jimmyjack244).

Storm rattle the Eels back to 16th

The Melbourne Storm took to AAMI Park looking to break a rare losing streak and secure equal first place while Parramatta Eels were looking to continue a rare winning streak and avoid the wooden spoon.

The game went much more in the way of the home side as they rattled the bottom ladder team to secure a 20-4 win despite an injury to captain Cameron Smith. 

Melbourne were out to prove their dominance early in the game with 4 repeat sets forcing Parramatta to defend strong early on.

Will Chambers finally broke the Parramatta defense after beating George Jennings for the retrieval of a floating kick to score Melbourne’s first points.

The two teams fought hard for the remainder of the half, however, Parramatta’s lack of discipline secured a handy 10-point lead for the Storm with Smith kicking two penalty goals. 

With 10 minutes to go in the half, Cameron Smith left the field with a back injury after an awkward tackle from Parramatta enforcer Nathan Brown. 

The injury was deemed severe enough to keep Smith out for the remainder of the game and cement concern amongst the fans.

Parramatta came out firing in the second half, however, Melbourne’s defensive pressure managed to hold them out despite multiple repeat sets. 

The visitors were granted a prime opportunity when Cameron Munster was sin binned, although they were unable to capitalise on this advantage. 

With a player in the bin and their captain in the sheds, the Storm dug deep and found their next points through Nelson Asofa-Solomona who steamrolled over multiple Eels defenders to get the ball down.

Parramatta’s lack of composure and defensive pressure from the Storm kept them scoreless and obviously rattled.

The Storm strengthened their lead with a try to Curtis Scott who took on a tired, disheartened Parramatta defensive line.  

The home team were unable to keep the boys in blue and gold pointless however with Clinton Gutherson showing incredible acrobatic skills to put a Brad Takairangi ball down in the corner. 

A late no try to Mitchell Moses kept Parramatta’s final tally at 4 and the Melbourne Storm equal first. 

Eels coach Brad Arthur did not mince words. A lack of execution is what cost his side.

“We created some opportunities that we didn’t take – you can’t do that against close to the top side in the competition,” he said.

“We were our own worst enemy.

“We needed more patience at the try line.

“We don’t need to score off every play.

We needed to be more patient and build some pressure on the try line.”

The big talking point will be the Cameron Smith injury, though there was some positive news with it, for it could just be back spasms.

“Cameron [Smith] just had a spasm in joints in his back which he’s had before,” Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

“I don’t know if there will be X-rays or anti-inflammatories.

I don’t think it’s anything too serious but how serious is, I don’t know, especially with backs.”

Player  of the Match:

3. Brodie Croft

2. Jesse Bromwich

1. Dale Finucane

The Surprise of the Sydney Roosters is Not a Surprise At All

Trent Robinson came into action for the Sydney Roosters 5 years ago in 2013. Since then, each season seems to have gone along the same path – aside from the 2016 season which many are still scratching their heads over.

In his debut season as coach for the tri coloured boys from Bondi, Robinson found himself with the minor premiership crown.

This accomplishment however, came very unexpected for many particularly the South Sydney Rabbitohs. This was a season in which the Rabbitohs dominated for a large portion of the season. They enjoyed a glorious 12 weeks on top of the ladder before the Roosters took over at the tail end of the season. From there, the most entertaining cat and mouse chase came alive as the two fought for the minor premiership. Eventually, with an incredibly point differential of +315 the Roosters were crowned minor premiers.

Four weeks later, they were holding the trophy high and mighty in front of a sold out ANZ stadium. Not a bad start for the new boy in town.

2014 came along and fans were feeling déjà vu.

The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles were sitting nice and pretty on the top of the ladder for 10 weeks from round 15 onwards. They had one week where the Panthers took over due to point differential but the moment passed very quickly and the Sea Eagles enjoyed 8 weeks on top of the ladder looking like sure minor premiers.

They lost in round 26. The Roosters did not.

By point differential, the Roosters took home the minor premiership and finished the season in the preliminary finals after falling short to the Rabbitohs who went on to win the whole thing.

2015. Same deal.

The Brisbane Broncos led the competition for 11 weeks, until round 24 when the Roosters took over and won the minor premiership.

2016 is the dark year for Coach Robinson. A year that he definitely does not want to remember and would very happily bury it dead. Let’s call this year the exception to the rule.

2017 was dominated by the Melbourne Storm in every single way. They seemed to have won the premiership back in round 3 however, the Sydney Roosters still gave them a good run for their money. Recovering from a year from hell, Robinson kicked his team into action however the trend still followed. The run home didn’t fully take place until the tail end of the season.

Whether it’s the impact that State of Origin has on the competition or something else, I don’t know. History does not lie however.

Under the guidance of Trent Robinson, the Sydney Roosters have not been a long running, dominating team in the NRL.

They are not a poor team by any means.

They are a team however, that peaks late. They peak when it well and truly matters.

Can history repeat itself this year? With the way Cooper Cronk, James Tedesco, Luke Keary, Latrell Mitchell, Victor Radley etc etc are firing? Yes. It definitely can.

Reflecting on the past 5 years I find it incredibly fitting that the Sydney Roosters have an extremely high chance of winning the minor premiership and the NRL premiership come September.

Former NRL prop Mose Masoe re-signs with Hull KR

Hull KR prop Mose Masoe

Now making a name for himself in the Super League, former NRL prop Mose Masoe has re-signed with Hull KR.

The hulking prop has agreed to a three-year extension with the Rovers.

Since joining from the St George Illawarra Dragons,  Masoe has played 25 games for the Rovers, scoring three tries.

Ultimately, there was just one place he wanted to be at and that was Hull KR.

“I’m stoked with the new contract,” said Masoe.

“There’s a lot of great people at this club and I’m happy to be staying here.”

With family such a key part of Masoe’s culture, their wellbeing is important and they have settled in well.

“Off the field, my family have really settled into the area,” continued the prop.

“One of my kids is at school, the other is enjoying nursery and my missus is in a routine.

We’ve all been made to feel welcome and a happy family makes life easier for me.

Everything is going well and whilst that might not have always shown on the field, we’ve got a great group of boys here and that made this decision even easier.”

Masoe went on to praise the side for their tenacity and knows that they can become even better.

“It’s been a tough year for injuries but it’s good to have a lot of the lads back now because I see a lot of potential in this side,” continued Masoe.

“We’ve got some good older guys and some great young kids coming through.

“We’ve lost some real 50/50 matches this season where I don’t think we were mentally ready, but everybody across the club is working hard to get better.”

“We’ve beaten some top teams and come really close against some others.

“Putting that together consistently is key for us moving forward, but I don’t think we are far off.”

Masoe believes in the ability of his side and wants to do his part to help Hull KR finish the season well.

“I believe in that process and if we can keep working on those combinations and people stay healthy, then we can give it a good shot at the back end of the year,” continued Masoe.

“For me personally, I’ve been pretty happy with how I’ve been going but I’ve still got a lot of things to work on, which is good.

I know deep down that there’s still more I could be contributing to the team, but I’m just happy to be back playing footy week in, week out for a great club.”