Ex-player Tony Larvin 'will put millions into Hull KR'
FORMER Hull KR player-turned-businessman Tony Larvin is the man proposing to plough major investment into the Robins, the Mail can confirm.
The 48-year-old has told the Mail he has pledged to invest an "eight figure sum" into KR, should his proposed takeover go-ahead.
He revealed talks with Robins chairman Neil Hudgell and vice-chairman Rob Crossland are now at an advanced stage, and should be completed in the coming days.
It comes as he also took to the social media site Twitter – on which he is followed by Crossland – to talk of instigating a 'Rovers revolution'.
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The promises of Hull-born Larvin, who played for KR colts and the A-team in the 1980s, should spark celebration amongst fans.
However, when confirming his interest to the Mail, he accepted some supporters may have concerns over his controversial business background, which led to a five-month spell in prison, and the threat of being extradited to Spain, earlier this year.
That all centred around his involvement as a partner in Cashback Promotions, a company associated to a holiday timeshare business in Spain, from which almost £9m of clients' funds went missing, leading to accusations levelled against him by a fellow director.
Larvin says he has spent the past four years trying to clear his name through Spanish courts having been wrongly accused, and insists the matter is now fully behind him.
And he is hopeful fans will judge him on what they see at KR, should he take control as he hopes.
"Our main priority is going to be getting to the top of the table and staying there," Larvin told the Mail.
"We have plans for the playing staff, backroom staff, ground improvements, sports science and building up the academy, because the youth side is the future of the club.
"I want Rovers to be financially secure for years and years to come. Investing an eight figure sum sounds a lot, but the plans we have in mind will soon eat into that."
"It's not cheap to buy marquee players, put up a new stand on the south side of the stadium, and add other facilities such as a 4G pitch, an indoor pitch, a sports barn, as well as improving the gym and giving the coaching staff proper sports science facilities.
"That is what we will do though, and we will take Rovers right back to the top of rugby league."
Asked to explain his business troubles of recent years, and his damaged reputation, Larvin said it had all been 'completely untrue'.
"The fallout from the collapse of the sales promotion company is still on-going legally and the money I have made in the last four years has been nothing to do with that," he said.
"In recent years I have been mainly working within investment banking, and with hedge funds companies and insurances, and the buying and selling of banking instruments.
"The accusation was made against myself by another director and was completely untrue and without substance.
"I have produced the paperwork to show where that money went. My case was heard at the High Court earlier this year in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, and the judge quashed any possible extradition.
"I have no case to answer and I am here now, trying to do my best for Hull KR. I hope fans will give me that chance."
Nobody from Hull KR was available to comment on the current position regarding Mr Larvin's potential investment.
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