Keal Carlile

The big challenge for any young player is to ply their trade, learn their craft and aspire to eventually play first-grade and for Hull KR hooker Keal Carlile, he has done just that.

With his contract nearing an end, the club has awarded the youngster with a new 2-year contract, one that will see him remain a Rover until the end of the 2015 season.

With his game constantly improving, whilst Carlile knows he has elements to work on to become a better player, he is pleased to have his future sorted and looks forward to more opportunities over the next two years.

“I’m over the moon,” he said. “Getting my future sorted is great and I really like what Sandy (Craig Sandercock) is doing here. My aim is to kick on next season and keep improving and I’m sure the team will do the same.

“I did have a couple of other options away from here but I’m really happy at Hull KR and am looking to become a better player under Sandy and the rest of the coaching staff. Being here for the next two years is what I wanted and I’m just delighted that it’s all done now.

“I’m only 23 and am learning every day. By the time I reach the end of this contract, I’ll be more experienced and hopefully will have improved as a player. There is competition for places within the Extenze squad and you need that to push you along. I’ve had that this season with Josh (Hodgson) and Lincoln (Withers) and it keeps you on your toes.”

One big reason behind his decision to stay, was the influence that current coach Craig Sandercock – an Australian – has had on the club and on Carlile himself.

“Sandy is a very good coach and goes into a lot of detail,” Carlile said.

“He’s very specific in what he teaches and him being here for next season was one of the major factors behind my decision to stay as well. I’m happy that I’ll be playing under his leadership and I’m certain that Sandy will continue to play a big part in developing my game.”

Equally pleased to have re-signed the talented youngster is Sandercock himself, who has seen first hand the improvement Carlile has made during his time at Hull KR and at his age and with room to grow and mature as a player, the Australian believes Carlile has a bright future ahead of him.

“It’s great news for the club that Keal is staying for at least another two years,” said Sandercock.

“He has been a pleasure to coach, is a thorough professional and we have seen some real improvements in his game. Keal is still only young and if he maintains his positive attitude and continues to train hard, he has a very bright future in our game.”

By ricky

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