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Ex-Leeds Rhinos man reveals Hull KR are open to signing rugby union players

Hull KR held a fan event last night allowing the biggest questions the fans have to be answered as the Robins gear up towards a big 2023.

One of those speaking was Jason Netherton.

The former, Leeds Rhinos, London Broncos and Hull KR second-row is Head of Player Development at the club and key to the academy and recruitment.

When speaking about recruiting young players into the talent pool at Craven Park last night, Netherton revealed that the club is open to bringing in rugby union players.

“We have a couple of scouts that are involved in the Rugby Union world.

“You have to have an open mind and look at the potential for talent transfer. We are one of the bigger clubs for identifying talent transfer.

“There are many transferable skills out there that make young kids good prospects for Rugby League.”

He also praised a number of academy graduates for the way they can inspire the next generation at the club: “Mikey Lewis, Will Tate and Zach Fishwick are amongst many that have risen through the ranks of the academy team. Our goal for us as a club is to have a consistent stream of young talent making their way up into the first team in Super League.”

He also praised the coaching staff, such as Leeds Rhinos legend Danny McGuire, for the role they play in the academy: “A number of the first team coaches have been rotating to be involved with the Academy training sessions. It’s brilliant to have them around, it shows that they care and allows the players to see the pathway and how important the Academy setup is. Before Willie arrived I was in constant dialogue and it was clear that he wanted to take a hands on approach with the academy setup.”

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