Hiku impressed against Leeds Rhinos in pre-season and has also caught the eye in general in training according to Willie Peters.
He said: “Peter hasn’t missed a session. We’ve had to take him out of a block here and there, but literally he’s done everything that the team, in terms of what’s been asked of the team, there’s some minor injuries or you know they just can’t fulfil the session and pretty much Peter has done every session. As I said there was a moment there that we just took him out for a block or two but he’s gone after it. He’s added a lot and there’s no doubt he’s going to be an important part to what we do this year.”
This came as Peters suggested Hiku could fill in at halfback with the club letting Jordan Abdull leave on loan to Catalans Dragons.
Hull KR still set to sign a halfback
Speaking of halfbacks, Peters confirmed that the club are very much still interested in signing someone to fill that vacant number 18 shirt and provide depth in the halves:
“Yeah, we are. It’s something, as I said, it’s going to be ongoing. It’s not an easy process, but it’ll happen eventually. As I’ve said before, players who are getting game time or clubs that don’t feel that a player’s part of their long-term plans and it’s a win-win for everyone, then they become available at some stage. It’s just not happening at the moment.”
The club will likely never have Jordan Abdull back with reports suggesting that he will take up a permanent switch to Catalans Dragons in 2025.
His number seven shirt has been taken by Mikey Lewis who will be joined in the halves by Tyrone May in the 2024 season after his own move from the Dragons after the 2023 Grand Final.