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Hull KR back criticises former coach for “mixed messages”

Hull KR youngster Will Dagger says the club’s former head coach Tim Sheens was too relaxed with his coaching style.

The 20-year-old told Hull Live that he and several other players were fed mix messages by the Australian coach which led to a lack of motivation.

“Tim sometimes wasn’t strict enough,” said Dagger. “If I’ve messed up I’ll hold my hands up but I want someone to come up to me and say, ‘Look you’ve messed up. It’s your fault. Go away, work on it’. I feel like we didn’t really get much of that from him.

“You get some mixed things from him – one week it could be this, next week it could be that. You just didn’t know where you stood with him.”

On the other hand Dagger, who struggled for first team appearances under Sheens, has been full of praise for new head coach Tony Smith.

The utility back was handed his Super League debut by Smith while at Warrington and was drafted back into the Rovers squad last Sunday for the game against Wigan.

“Now he’s in, he’s already set his standards and how he wants us to train and play,” Dagger told Hull Live. “I think the boys are on their toes and are really switched on now.”

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