Lincoln Withers tips Matty Beharrell to make Hull KR impact
HULL KR hooker Lincoln Withers has tipped youngster Matty Beharrell to be ready to make an impact for Rovers if called upon this season.
Beharrell was the youngest member of the squad to make the warm-weather training camp to Tenerife before Christmas and left a very good impression with his older room-mate.
Beharrell may only be 18, but Withers said he showed great maturity beyond his years.
"My room-mate Matty did really well on the trip to Tenerife," Withers told the Mail.
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"He's only a young kid but he has something about him. He likes to have a laugh and enjoyed his time with the senior players.
"Matty isn't a shy kid anyway and he doesn't seem like one of the young kids.
"When I was 18, I wouldn't have said very much to anyone.
"He fits in well with the others and everyone likes him. I think he's one for Rovers' very near future."
It's not just Beharrell that has left Withers optimistic for the future.
Withers, one of the elder statesmen of Craig Sandercock's side, has been pleased with the effort and commitment shown by all younger members of the squad.
"I've was really impressed with the young kids on the trip," Withers said.
"They were not afraid to step up, which is good because we have a younger squad this year.
"We will need some of those kids to step up this season at some point.
"I'm excited about seeing them play in the pre-season friendlies."
Rovers play the first of three pre-season friendlies at Gateshead on Sunday.
Withers may be rested for that game as he completes his recovery from the ankle ligament injury he sustained in the final game of last season at London that led him to spending his off-season in rehab rather than on holiday.
"I didn't have an off-season as such," Withers said.
"I usually get to go back home but with the injury I picked up in London, I had to get treatment which took longer than expected to heal. I tore everything in my ankle and, therefore, it took longer than normal to heal.
"I'm back on track now and looking forward to the start of the season. The pre-season has gone way too quick, which is a good thing because I just want to play rugby.
"I've been back in full training now a couple of weeks before we went out to Tenerife.
"I missed last year's trip to Tenerife because of a visa problem. Every team needs a trip like that one to get to know each other.
"Spending so much time talking with your team-mates over a week helps you when you are out on the pitch together and we are all more comfortable with each other now.
"That week away has been the first time I've done full contact.
"I don't know if the injury will ever be 100 per cent but it's good enough to keep me going."