Griffin wants more games and a new Robins contract
GEORGE Griffin firmly believes making the decision to leave Australia and sign for Hull KR was the best move he has ever made.
Griffin joined the Robins as an unknown quantity 12 months ago from Canberra Raiders' feeder club Queanbeyan Kangaroos.
And having broken into the KR first team towards the latter stages of the season, the young forward believes he was rewarded for taking the plunge.
Griffin says the easy option would have been to have stayed Down Under, hoping for his big break.
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However, he feels his career would not have developed as well as it has under Robins' coach Craig Sandercock over the past year.
"I'm glad I came back from Australia. I've grown a lot as a player since I've been training under Craig," Griffin told the Mail.
"Craig definitely knows his stuff and I feel I have improved 100 per cent.
"I'd like to think if I was still in Australia I'd be at an NRL club or maybe one of their feeder clubs, but I don't honestly know.
"It was the best move for me to come back home."
Griffin hasn't given up hope returning to Australia to play in the NRL one day, but is more than happy to commit his future to the Robins, should they decide he is worth a new deal.
Wherever his future lies, Griffin knows he has to put in a solid season at MS3 Craven Park and build on the foundation set last season.
"We'll see what happens about going back to Australia some day, but if I were to get a new deal here at Rovers, then that would be outstanding," he said.
"We'll see what this season brings. It is the last of my current contract and there hasn't been much talk of a new contract yet.
"I love the club, though, it's a great place to be."
Griffin is eternally grateful to Sandercock for handing him his Super League debut against Widnes on July 29.
He went on to make four appearances in his rookie season and, now feeling a major part of the first team, is hopeful of adding many more.
"I thought last season was a pretty good season considering it was my first in the full-time environment," Griffin said.
"I was happy with the games I played in Super League and hopefully I can now add to them.
"Sandy said he was pleased with how well I had come on throughout last season.
"I overcame a couple of bad injuries and got into the squad for the last few games of the season, which lifted my confidence.
"My goal now is to get in the squad more often and to keep my career progressing.
"I want to be more consistent when I do get my chance in the team, but obviously I want to get as many games under my belt as possible this season, and show what I can do on a regular basis."