Hull KR can confirm Will Tate has signed a new two-year contract extension to stay with the Robins until the end of 2024.
Able to play at fullback, on the wing, and at centre, the 20-year-old has been rewarded with a new deal after being a consistent performer throughout the grades at KR.
The Scunthorpe-born back progressed through the then-City of Hull Academy system, making his first-team debut in 2020 for KR in Round 13 against Leeds Rhinos. Since then Tate has gone on to make 7 Super League appearances in between loan spells with Rochdale Hornets and Workington Town.
Speaking on his new deal, Tate was delighted to sign up with the Robins for two more years: “I’m really happy to sign. I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible and I’m glad it’s happened soon in the year. I’m excited to stay at the club and keep doing what I’m doing.
“I spoke with my agent and I couldn’t wait to sign. The boys that have signed already can see where the club is going and where the group is going. I just want to be part of that as much as possible and play a big role in the future.
“I think there’s a good core of young lads at the club and the way we’ve progressed over the last few years and the changes I’ve seen in culture is something I want to be a part of.”
Originally from Scunthorpe, Tate was introduced to rugby league at a young age: “I played rugby union as a kid but there’s no rugby union in Summer. So, my Dad took me over to play for Cottingham Tigers with them being the nearest team to us and the (Humber) Bridge.
Having progressed through the City of Hull Academy into the Robins’ U18s, the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled Tate’s first season at Academy level. While it was initially a blow to Tate, the young utility back went on to debut for the first team later that year.
From the cancellation of the U18s season to scoring on his first-team debut nearly seven months later, Tate attributes that tumultuous time as important to his progression: “It was a different situation than what you expect to be in as an Academy player.
“It was a bit unsettling but looking back on it now, it was a great experience to have to help me deal with uncertainty in the future. That experience helped me not worry about getting a new deal and focus on my game which has worked out.
Speaking on his debut, Tate looked back on continuing his hard work during the pandemic before joining with the first team once the game restarted: “I was in and around the setup. I thought if I work hard and keep fit, I might get the chance to join the first team and I might play. When I debuted I was buzzing. It was everything I wanted.”
After spending the majority of 2021 on loan at Rochdale Hornets, Tate would get his opportunity again, featuring for the Robins in their 19-0 win over Warrington in the playoff last season: “It was an exciting opportunity. I’ve taken a lot from that game and I want to be a part of a lot more of those occasions for KR.”
In between his rugby, Tate has highlighted his part-time degree in Economics has helped him develop off the pitch: “It’s not as taxing on my schedule. Every so often I have to binge out on work but it’s nothing too demanding. It’s good to get stuck in with something other than rugby.
“I recommended it to the young lads in the Academy who have come to me as something to get stuck into away from the game. I’ve always been interested in academia, it’s nice to have that balance with rugby.”