Hull KR’s latest off field recruit pleasantly surprised by response and the “passion” of the fans

Hull KR have appointed Dr Paul Sewell OBE, Chair of award-winning East Hull company Sewell Group, to lead a new board at the Super League club.

The new board will work alongside the club’s Chief Executive, Paul Lakin, and support the Robins’ owner Dr. Neil Hudgell.

Further additions from business and sport will be confirmed soon as The Robins seek to build on their achievements of the last two years and bring in top class governance and people.

One key aim is to maximise the potential of the landmark deal which saw Hull KR complete the purchase in April this year of the Sewell Group Craven Park Stadium.

Alongside that is a “top four, grade A” commitment by the club to seize the opportunities presented by the regeneration of Super League and the wider game under the structure outlined by IMG.

Hull KR Owner, Neil Hudgell said: “We are ready for lift off having bought the stadium, and a professional board, led by Paul Sewell, is a massive step forward for us in achieving that goal of top four in everything we do. For me, these are exciting times in being involved with this great club.

“I have been involved with Hull KR since early childhood. I have experienced rugby in this city at the very best and worst of times. I have had the privilege of getting to know very well iconic names synonymous with The Robins, including Roger Millward, Colin Hutton, Phil Lowe and Mike Smith. We have never been better positioned to elevate the club back towards that level than we are now, having put in place solid foundations over the last two to three years.”

Paul Sewell said: “One of the main things that attracted me is the revitalisation of the game itself through Super League’s association with worldwide sporting giant IMG.

“Being a rising club in a declining game is counter intuitive to me so I’m heartened that, through Paul Lakin, Hull KR have been at the centre of driving this change and modernisation as a local club, owned and controlled in Hull, by Hull, for Hull!”

Following this news, Sewell himself has taken to Twitter in response of the positivity around the announcement.

He took to Twitter to say: “Thanks to everyone for the supportive messages on the Hull KR announcement = kind and humbling.

“The power and reach of sport still surprises and I love the passion it generates.

“Our new KR Board will work hard on behalf of the club, it’s community, and also our city.”

Now it remains to be seen whether or not he can deliver that Grade A licence.

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