Sandercock: Hull KR signings will be big ambassadors
HULL KR coach Craig Sandercock says he is confident he has signed players who will become great "ambassadors" for the Robins as they look to bounce back next season.
Rovers' season ended in disappointing style as they missed out on a play-off spot for the first time in four years by finishing in 10th spot.
It came after a difficult first season for the Aussie coach, who had just two of his own signings in the squad in full-back Shannon McDonnell and forward Con Mika.
However, having now added five new faces to his ranks for next season, including three experienced NRL stars, Sandercock is confident for the future.
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The signings of Newcastle stars Cory Paterson and Evarn Tuimavave were last week followed by stand-off Travis Burns from Penrith Panthers, adding to the capture of experienced English centre Sean Gleeson from Salford and the expected arrival of Omari Caro, the London winger labelled the fastest man in Super League.
It is a mix Sandercock, who has not spoken about his new additions until now, believes will bring professionalism, experience, aggression, and quality to his side.
"They are all solid, genuine first graders who know what my expectations are," Sandercock said when asked about his NRL additions.
"They have been well educated in their rugby league and are good people and good characters. That's what we want, not only people who are good on the pitch, but also off the pitch they need to be good ambassadors for our club.
"I have told the boys about the crowd and how passionate our supporters are, and they are really excited and they are coming for the right reasons."
Burns appears the key addition to the Rovers squad so far, given he will step into the shoes of Blake Green, who yesterday confirmed his switch to Wigan in a £100,000 move.
Burns' days in the NRL ended with a 12-match ban imposed on him for two dangerous tackles, a ban which will still have some time to run when Super League starts next season.
But Sandercock says Rovers fought off stiff competition to sign the 28-year-old, who was known to be attracting the interest of both Widnes and London.
"Travis Burns in particular was offered an awful lot more money at another club and he chose to come here for a lot less. He is here for the right reasons," added Sandercock.
"He plays with passion and that is what we are after. I was after an aggressive style of player and that's what he provides.
"He is not big, but he plays at 100 miles an hour and he is very, very passionate.
"He is a player who won't die wondering as he will have a go from minute one to minute 80.
"I think he will be a perfect fit for our place."
THIS interview was conducted as part of a season review for HullKR.tv, and an extended version is now available on the club website.