Yesterday it was confirmed that Sam Luckley would be leaving Super League semi-finalists Salford Red Devils and taking up a new challenge at Hull KR.
Luckley played for the Robins academy but is a Newcastle lad playing for the Thunder 82 times and he loved getting over the line at the Magic Weekend at St James’ Park producing an Alan Shearer tribute in his celebration.
He played a key role in helping Salford reach the play-offs in 2022 going as far as the semi-finals but ultimately that was the last chapter of his career at the AJ Bell Stadium as he becomes one of many exciting Willie Peters signings at Craven Park following fellow forward James Batchelor to Hull KR who joins from Wakefield really adding to their middle ranks.
A bold decision to leave Salford for a new challenge, Luckley has explained his decision to join Hull KR identifying the role of new Hull KR boss Willie Peters and his ambition to win trophies: “I’m really excited to get started at Hull KR. I played there for a few games in KR’s Academy so I’m looking forward to coming back and playing in front of those fans.
“I’ve had a great two years at Salford. It was a sink or swim in my mind, I had to prove myself. I think I’ve played well at Salford over this past year. It’s been a whirlwind; I’m looking forward to the next two years and developing further under Willie Peters.
“I’ll bring my own way of playing to our pack, but I also like to learn off other players. It’ll be great to have a wealth of experience around me. The effort areas are important to me. Every time I go out there, I’ll be giving 100%. I can’t wait to get out there now.
“Willie was a big part of my decision. He sounded so passionate for what he wants to do with the club. Hull KR are doing great things at the moment and I wanted to be part of something that was building for the future. The ultimate goal at the Robins will be to make finals and win trophies.”
Willie Peters also shares Luckley’s excitement saying of Luckley: “Sam has a very good offload and finds his front when carrying the ball. He’s a hard worker in defence which is an area we value here at Hull KR. He’s had a great year at Salford and can’t wait for him to get started. We now have very good depth in the prop position which was an area we wanted to strengthen going into 2023.”