2021 has been the dream season for Hull KR. The Robins have been exhilarating in attack, gutsy in defence and have established themselves as real play-off contenders.
In fact, they’re just one win away from the finals. If Tony Smith can lead his side to victory against his former club the Leeds Rhinos, the Robins will seal their place in the top six regardless of other results.
Smith deserves all the credit in the world for the squad he’s assembled. He’s brought in established talent to compliment the youngsters at the club. Everyone in the squad has a superb skillset enabling Hull KR’s off the cuff style of play. So, there’s no doubt that the Robins deserve credit for their recent recruitment especially the signings of Kane Linnett and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.
Those two help form Hull KR’s potent left edge, but this season the Robins completed their super left side with the arrival of Ryan Hall and today the club have announced that he’s signed a new deal to stay at Craven Park until the end of 2023.
The six-time Super League Champion came through the Leeds Rhinos academy and Smith handed him his professional debut back at the 2007 Magic Weekend. Hall established himself as one of the world’s finest wingers over the next 10 years earning a move to Sydney at the end of 2018. After two injury hit years in the NRL, Hall was poached by Hull KR ahead of this season and has produced some of his best rugby.
With 15 tries, only Ken Sio has more Super League four-pointers than him in 2021. This season also saw him score his 200th Super League try leaving him second in the all-time list behind former Leeds teammate and Hull KR assistant coach Danny McGuire.
Hall will sadly miss Hull KR’s huge game at Headingley on Friday through injury but he’s still been an undoubted success at the Robins. So, it should be no surprise that he’s signed a new deal.
Hull KR announced this decision this morning on TikTok.
Meanwhile, on the club website Smith spoke excitedly about Hall and his new deal: “Ryan’s been great in all aspects of having a good pro here – from performance to try-scoring and leadership, he’s been terrific.
“He’s very professional and has been a really good influence. He takes care of himself and he’s in great shape. I know he’s got an injury at the minute but that’s part and parcel of Rugby League. It’s not an issue that’s going to restrict him very long, he’ll be ready for preseason.
“The way he’s approached this year is just 100% and he gives that all the time. I think for somebody who takes good care of himself and trains so hard, Ryan’s got potential to play on for a long time yet”.