Hull KR need quality not quantity in 2018 recruitment – Craig Murdock

Hull KR haven’t finished their 2017 season just yet but they are already planning for next year.

Hopefully Rovers can give a good account of themselves in their final match at Warrington Wolves even though the focus is already on recruitment.

Chairman Neil Hudgell has alluded to bringing in around four or five new players for the 2018 campaign and I think he’s got the right idea. Whilst that doesn’t sound like a lot for a promoted Championship club it could work for the Robins.

If you didn’t know which teams were in what division and you just looked at the squads on paper, you would think KR were in the top tier already.

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Across the board you’ve got the likes of Maurice Blair, Nick Scruton and Shaun Lunt in the side and they are Super League players. Those guys would get in the squads of most Super League teams so the nucleus of a top-tier side is already there.

The key for Rovers is that they add real quality and not quantity. Revamping the squad is not essential. Whether it’s a big prop that adds something different, a try-scoring centre or a back rower with some ball skills, adding quality should be the club’s focus. They need some top class players who can get into any team in the competition.

Rovers’ depth was again shown by their brave performance in defeat at home to Catalans Dragons on Friday night. The youngsters really stood up and hopefully they can do that again at Warrington. Things are going in the right direction at KR and they are building themselves back into a club that can be competitive next year in the Super League.

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