Ambitious Alex Brown eyes Hull KR starting spot on return to Super League
WINGER Alex Brown knows he faces a tough battle to get in Hull KR's side, but he's already been made to feel at home.
The 25-year-old will go up against Dave Hodgson and Craig Hall for one of the two wing spots in Craig Sandercock's side, as well as fellow new signing Omari Caro.
As the sixth former Huddersfield Giants man on KR's books, he is currently travelling to training with fellow new signing Adam Walker after the prop joined the Robins last week.
This week the duo have been joined at Craven Park by another Giant in full-back Greg Eden, to add to the presence of winger Dave Hodgson, utility man Graeme Horne and hooker Keal Carlile.
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Although he's under pressure to win a starting spot, Brown's move from Batley has been made easier by having a number of familiar faces in the Robins' nest.
"It's good going to a club where you know some of the players," Brown told the Mail.
"There's nothing worse than going somewhere and not knowing anyone.
"I've joined a very good squad with strong competition for places that will keep us all on our toes.
"I've not spoken too much to Craig about what he wants from me yet, but I know I have to work as hard as I can and put 100 per cent into every training session.
"I guess I have a one in four chance of starting the season on the wing. But that is why pre-season is so important for me.
"I want to give myself every possible opportunity to make the team.
"The friendlies will be very important to me as it gives me a chance to show Craig what I can do."
Before arriving for pre-season in east Hull, Brown made sure he put in some extra training of his own. Having been in a part-time environment for the past two years, he wanted his core fitness be on a par with KR's more seasoned professionals.
But even though the next three months are likely to dictate how well he does on his return to Super League, he is confident he won't be found wanting.
"When my season finished at Batley I took two weeks off," Brown added.
"The following week I was back in the gym working on my fitness.
"I wanted to come to Rovers in good shape and make a good start. I didn't want to start on the wrong foot.
"I'm glad I put the extra effort in before joining up with my new team-mates.
"This is my second full-time pre-season, but my first in two years.
"I knew what to expect so I made sure I was ready.
"When we get a day off, we really appreciate it."