Hull KR enjoyed a superb 2021 season but for the likes of Elliot Minchella and Dean Hadley it was a season of frustration.
For Minchella, his season was over after two rounds following an injury against St Helens whilst Hadley continued to be struck down by injury again and again throughout the campaign playing four games after the Robins had a coronavirus enforced break suffering two dislocated shoulders in quick succession with the second coming just 18 days after the first.
Those injuries ensured he was unable to feature in Hull KR’s journey all the way to the Super League semi-finals last year as they kept Warrington scoreless in the first week of the play-offs in a brilliant 19-0 triumph before taking on league leaders Catalans in the semi-finals.
However, the Hull KR forward is “back up and running” according to a post from the Robins on social media this morning.
— Hull KR (@hullkrofficial) December 4, 2021
The post also pictured the backrower in training as he prepares for what he hopes is a big season for himself and the Robins as they look to build on the back off a brilliant 2021 with signings like Lachlan Coote adding extra quality to Tony Smith’s squad.
Seeing him in training no doubt suggests that he’s gotten over his shoulder struggles and can offer Tony Smith a selection headache in the backrow next season with the likes of Kane Linnett and Luis Johnson also vying for the second-row spots.
It does seem that his future lies in the second-row having been handed the number 11 jersey for the 2022 season after he wore number 13 last season.