Hull KR owners look to leave legacy through focus on youth
HULL KR owners Neil Hudgell and Rob Crossland are confident changes they are making at Rovers will provide a platform for progress and leave a long-term legacy.
The duo, who have given an exclusive interview on the Robins' future inside today's Game On, are to continue their financial support of KR following a recent review of the club's position.
And, having met again yesterday at Craven Park to discuss the club's vision with chief executive Mike Smith and coach Craig Sandercock, they say they remain fully committed to pushing local talent to the fore, and re-igniting the passion for the club again in east Hull.
"I think fans want a team they can be proud of and one that plays for Hull KR with passion and integrity," vice-chairman Crossland told the Mail.
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"We welcome all players at every level that have a passion for the game and for the club, and I believe that to be of utmost importance over names.
"Once fans see the type of team we want to build, then I think they will support the club at the levels we need."
Chairman Hudgell, who admits season ticket prices are to rise next year, hopes a focus on local can win back lost fans.
"As a local community club, we need to engage that local passion and loyalty by bringing through more of our own players," he said.
"Our fans particularly identify with the kids that are produced in the schools and clubs of east Hull.
"All the successful clubs have a strong youth set-up, that year on year is contributing new players to the senior squad, enabling them to recruit top-name players and still stay within cap.
"At the moment we have been replacing overseas players like for like, which hasn't really left much of a legacy behind. That isn't being disrespectful to those players, it is just a fact."