Derby rivalry helping Travis Burns to focus on Hull KR work
TRAVIS Burns is quickly settling in to life at Hull KR and says the fierce cross-city rivalry is helping to channel his energy in pre-season.
Unable to play until the Robins' clash with Warrington on March 3, Burns will have to wait four rounds before he samples Super League action because of a 12-match ban carried over from the NRL.
Whilst the enforced lay-off is not the way he wanted to start his career in England, the 28-year-old is putting it to the back of his mind by focusing on the first derby at the KC Stadium on March 29.
And the stand-off, who has only been in England for ten days, has already experienced the fractious relationship between fans of Rovers and Hull FC.
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"Hull is good," he said. "The fans I've met out on the street have been great and everyone has made me feel welcome, making the transition easy.
"The KR fans have wished me luck while the FC fans give me dirty looks. But that's the good thing about being in a city with two teams, the rivalry is as good as it is.
"That's what makes the club so special. The rivalry is well known on both sides of the world."
As one of eight new signings ahead of the 2013 campaign, Burns knows the sole focus is on improving on last season's 10th-place finish.
With Hull winning two of the three derbies convincingly, regaining the bragging rights is also high on the agenda for KR fans.
But for Burns there are more routine matters to worry about beforehand.
He added: "I'm looking forward to running out to the atmosphere at Craven Park.
"The fans are very passionate and you only have to see them walking down the street to see that.
"But my focus is on pre-season. The training has been solid and everyone is training well."