Graeme Horne wants his place in Hull KR pack
HULL KR's Graeme Horne has his sights set on playing more games in the back row this season following the signing of Sean Gleeson.
Horne split his game time between playing in the second row and at centre this year.
It came as injuries hit with Jake Webster and Kris Welham both missing many games through injury.
However, with Welham back from his broken leg, Gleeson added, and youngster Liam Salter now with first-team experience, Horne is hoping to be used in the forwards.
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"I want to play in the back row more," he said.
"If the team needs me to play in the backs then I will.
"But we have signed a few outside backs for the new season, so we should be well covered there.
"We were a bit light in that department last season which was why I played there.
"But I'd like to compete with Con Mika and new signing Cory Paterson for the second row.
"We need as much competition as possible for places to be successful next season.
"When you have players challenging you for your place in the team every week, it means you can have no margin for error."
Horne has been impressed with new signing Paterson in the five weeks of pre-season training so far.
He feels he will do a good job of replacing former captain Ben Galea, who will line up for Hull FC next year.
"Cory has great skills," Horne said.
"I have been impressed with him and the other new signings so far. They have settled in really well and we are all pulling together in the right direction."
Last season, the first team more or less picked itself when everyone was fit and healthy, but Horne says the players have no idea who will be starting the season against Catalan Dragons, at MS3 Craven Park on Sunday, February 3.
"We all know nobody's place is safe, and we have no idea of the team," he said.
"That's good because it means we are all digging deep in training.
"We have a good balance here with the young players now stamping their authority in training also."
Horne scored six tries last season, including two in the opener at Leeds, and is targeting more this year.
"Scoring tries is a bonus but winning is the most important thing," he said.
"It boosts your confidence so I would like to get a few more."