Hull KR: We're still an ambitious club, insists chairman Neil Hudgell
HULL KR chairman Neil Hudgell insists ambitious plans remain in place at the Robins following a board review of the club's future.
And he has revealed plans to add 'three or four' more signings for the 2013 campaign – insisting Rovers haven't become a 'selling club'.
KR endured a difficult Super League campaign, missing out on the play-offs for the first time in four years.
The poor season was compounded by a loss of more than £500,000 in the latest club accounts.
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It led to Hudgell revealing he and vice-chairman Rob Crossland were reviewing both the club's 'long-term viability', and their own ongoing support.
Now, Hudgell accepts recent events – and the sale of stand-off Blake Green to Wigan in a £100,000 deal – has left some fans questioning where the club is heading.
But he revealed he and Crossland have agreed to continue their support, and says they remain determined to push the club forwards in the coming years.
"Whilst every year we as a board evaluate our positions and future intentions, I don't ever really think it was a serious possibility we would withdraw," Hudgell told the Mail.
"With hindsight I could probably have answered that question with a bit better clarity.
"It isn't just about the money, it is as much about having the time to do the job justice. I know Rob feels the same. We take it very personally when things aren't going right."
Uncertainty over the Robins' future stoked the rumour mill of a possible takeover at Craven Park by Hull City owners Assem and Ehab Allam.
However, although admitting the club is 'actively seeking investment', Hudgell says no takeover is on the cards.
"We are actively looking for additional investment, not just of resources but also of skill set and expertise in key areas," he said.
"We are looking for other people to come on board, but not as a prelude to a takeover. I am aware of the rumours, and I can see where they come from given the massive amounts of money the Allams have donated to city-wide projects over the last few years.
"Their support of the club is well documented, and I regularly meet with them as part of that involvement, and because of our friendship.
"However, I'm sure they would say they have more than enough on their hands running one professional club in the city, so whilst I take their advice on certain things, I don't expect to see that interest formalised any time soon."
Turning to playing matters for 2013, Hudgell insists the club can be a success, despite putting a big focus on young, developing players.
And despite the sale of Green, and continuing negotiations with Wigan over Scott Taylor's future, he insists they are not 'a selling club'.
"To be clear, selling players is not part of any strategy for balancing the books. With Blake it was Wigan that approached us," Hudgell said.
"Craig Sandercock identified Travis Burns as a player he wanted, on the same sort of money as Blake, so it was good business.
"I expect we will bring in three or four more players, depending on who is available, but only at the right price. If the right player comes along we will give it due consideration."