It’s been a busy few days for Hull KR.
The Robins yesterday unveiled their new badge and tonight they’re set to battle Castleford with both sides’ play-off hopes hanging in the balance.
Adding to the excitement is the club’s announcement about Jimmy Keinhorst this morning. The former Leeds man has signed a one-year contract extension to remain at the club until the end of 2022 taking his time at the club up to a solid four seasons. However, his stint in Hull has been fairly up and down. But he always steps up and proves his quality when he needs to. That’s been the case for his entire career enabling him to go from being loaned out to getting a new deal in a matter of weeks.
He made his professional debut back in 2012 meaning he’ll mark his 10th anniversary as a professional next year with the Robins.
Remarkably, just weeks after his debut, he featured at Wembley for Leeds in their defeat to Warrington as the Rhinos struggled with masses of injuries to key players like Brent Webb and Danny McGuire.
Over the next few years he would slowly edge closer to Leeds’ first team scoring a hat-trick against Castleford in 2013 before becoming a key squad player during their treble winning campaign of 2015.
Again due to injuries, he was brought into the side for their Super League semi-final clash with St Helens before starting on the bench in the Grand Final. He came on and played a key role in Josh Walters’ match winning try to imprint himself on the history of the Rhinos.
Over the course of the next few years he’d continue to be a key asset for Leeds filling in at centre or at second-row. He was unlucky to be left out of the 2017 Grand Final win over Castleford before he again impressed in 2018 poaching a hat-trick against Hull KR at Elland Road.
It was perhaps that showing which earnt him the move to Craven Park as he left Leeds for more regular game time.
He made an immediate impact in Hull scoring the match winning try in the derby against Hull KR’s city rivals. However, things haven’t gone to plan since finding himself down the pecking order in 2020 and for the majority of 2021 with the likes of Greg Minikin, Ben Crooks and Ethan Ryan impressing out wide.
That led to him heading to Castleford on loan this season – another club he scored a hat trick against as a Rhino. Interestingly, he’d hurt his former club Leeds with a try at Headingley as the Tigers damaged Leeds’ play-off hopes earlier this season/
Shortly after he was brought back to Hull KR as they struggled for players thanks to injuries. He stepped up scoring again in the Hull derby and has since been rewarded with a new deal.
It is quite remarkable that he’s gone from being cast out on loan just weeks ago to being handed a new contract. He’s clearly proven to Tony Smith that he has worth perhaps due to his work rate and versatility. Naturally a centre and solid as a second-row, he’s featured on the wing in recent weeks as well as providing impact off the bench against Leigh last week. He could play a key role in Hull KR’s campaign next term as they look to build on this year with signings like Lachlan Coote.
He could even be vital tonight as he takes on the side he found himself loaned out to. How ironic would it be if he scored the match-winning try to propel Hull KR towards the play-offs? Even more interesting is the fact he finds himself in a three-way battle for play-off rugby with the two other Super League sides he’s played for: Castleford and Leeds.