Hull KR's Con Mika expects brutal pre-season
CON Mika believes Hull KR will be put through their paces in pre-season by coach Craig Sandercock – and rightly so.
Mika feels the punishment coming their way for missing out on the play-offs by five points is fully justified and he's ready for a brutal winter.
He and his team-mates are now taking a break on the back of winning just 10 of their 27 league games.
They return for pre-season training in early November and Mika knows a repeat of this year's disappointment will not be tolerated.
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"I think we are in for a big pre-season of training," Mika said.
"I'll go on holiday and keep in shape. We have to take the good from this season and leave the bad behind. If we can do that, hopefully we will have a good season next year."
After his first campaign in Super League, Mika admits his form has been too inconsistent for his own liking.
Representing the Exiles in the 32-20 international series win against England was a highlight, playing alongside some of the best overseas players in Super League.
He wants to repeat the form that got him into that side and be more dependable next term.
"I've been pretty inconsistent," Mika said.
"I'm definitely one of the players that will have a big pre-season. It's a fresh start now with a few players leaving and a few new faces coming in.
"It will be a different squad and it should be good."
The former Newcastle Knight ended the season with two tries in the 48-42 defeat at London.
It was one of 10 games Rovers lost by eight points or less.
"The London defeat pretty much sums up our season," he said.
"At the end of the game, Craig said we did well to come back into the game. But we left it too late, again.
"We lost too many close games and we need to find a way of converting them into wins.
"Hopefully we'll bounce back and make the play-offs next season.
"The standard in Super League is high and the games are intense."