Kris Heil aims to step up and deliver for Hull KR
HULL KR centre Kris Heil insists he'll be ready to play at Salford this Sunday if Liam Salter fails to recover from his dead leg.
Heil was drafted into the KR side just 24 hours before they got their season up and running with a 44-18 demolition of Widnes on Sunday.
The 20-year-old was one of eight different try scorers on his home debut as Rovers put their disappointing start behind them.
Heil deputised for Salter who failed a fitness test on his dead leg on Saturday morning, which didn't give him long to prepare for his third game in the senior side.
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But he came through the test well and is looking forward to holding on to his place in the squad, if Salter fails to recover in time this week.
"I'll be ready to go again if I'm needed against Salford," Heil told the Mail.
"I found out on Friday I could be playing and then I got told on Saturday I would be playing.
"It didn't give me long to prepare for the game, but you have to be ready to play at any time and I was ready.
"I'm not going to say I'm not ready if asked to play.
"We train all year with the same systems so everyone can slot in whatever position they play.
"It was good playing for the first team in front of the home fans for the first time and that felt very good.
"It's great to play in a winning team as we want to play well at home for our fans. "Being at home gives you a massive boost from the supporters in the east stand.
"It's rocking all the time and that makes it so much better."
Heil's try, scored in front of the east stand, was his second in three appearances for Craig Sandercock's side.
He scored in the defeat at London on the final day of last season after making his debut against Widnes two months earlier.
But Heil is smart enough to know scoring tries isn't the be all and end all of his job.
He admits he was at fault for Widnes' first two tries and was ready for criticism during the video sessions this week.
"It's a good record I have for the senior team," Heil said.
"It's better than my record in the reserves last season.
"I thought I went all right against Widnes.
"The first half was a lot better than the second when I think I got a bit excited and I shot out of the line and it cost us twice with tries.
"It's always good to score, especially when you have just conceded a try at the other end.
"I'll have a quiet word with myself about that. I guarantee I'll be spoken to about it in the video review sessions."