Hull KR's Sean Gleeson: I can be best in Super League
SEAN Gleeson is determined to make himself the standout centre in Super League for Hull KR next year.
The 24-year-old reported for training with his new club this week, having signed from the Salford City Reds.
Determined to make the most of his new start, he believes it has come as his career hits its peak.
And he is hoping working alongside coach Craig Sandercock will take his game to a new level.
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"I want to be the best centre in the competition," Gleeson told the Mail.
"I'm approaching 25 so I should be at the peak of my career. I want to be the fittest back in the squad and try and beat my fitness records from my past seasons, which I have brought with me.
"I signed a three-year deal so I'm hoping I can be the best centre in the competition during my time here.
"I'm hoping our fans will see the best of me."
Gleeson, who has scored 34 tries in 113 Super League games for Wigan, Wakefield and Salford, has been impressed with what he has seen so far from his coach and at Craven Park.
"The facilities here are great," said Gleeson.
"Everything is at the same place and it's professional, and that's what I need.
"When I was at Salford we didn't have our own facilities and we had to train at Leigh.
"That was a bit unprofessional so it's good to have your own base.
"The first day of pre-season training was tough, but that's what you expect. It's about getting our fitness levels up, which makes you feel good about yourself."
Gleeson is one of seven new signings now announced by the club for the forthcoming season as they look to turn around their disappointing season last time out.
The Irish international is seen as a direct replacement for former New Zealand international Jake Webster, who joined Castleford.
But he faces tough competition from within the squad, as Liam Salter ended the last campaign at right centre and won't give up his place in the team without a fight.
Gleeson is aware of that and knows he has his work cut out to be named in the starting side, and is doing his all to impress.
"I like getting stuck into pre-season training," he added. "Then I need to play well in the friendlies to make sure I start the season in the team.
"From what I have seen, the squad looks good. I was a bit nervous at first but I've settled in well.
"It's has been good mingling with the boys and getting to know them.
"Every club I've been to, I've been made welcome by the other players.
"It seems a good club and the atmosphere is good, so I'm happy to be here."