“It would be naive of me to make a prediction” – Ryan Brierley discusses his future at Hull KR

Ryan Brierley wants to earn a new deal at Hull KR but admits his future is up in the air.

The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Robins ahead of this season and played in all six of their Super League games prior to lockdown.

However, despite impressing in the halves for Rovers so far, Brierley is aware that financial restrictions could force him to look elsewhere.

“Things are going well at Hull KR and I love playing under Tony (Smith) but it’s hard for me to say what is going to happen,” Brierley told Serious About Rugby League.

“I don’t know what situation the club is in, in terms of the pandemic, and if they will need to cut the squad next year with what’s happened with the budgets.

Brierley scored against Wigan in Hull KR’s last Super League match. Credit: News Images

“It would be naive of me to make a prediction on where I’ll be. From my point of view I just have to make sure I play the best I can and if it (my future) is not at Hull Kingston Rovers then it gives me a good chance for it to be elsewhere.

“The Rovers fans have taken to me and made me feel like one of their own. Tony has welcomed me with open arms and I love all the boys to pieces, so we’ll see what happens in the winter months.”

Having not played for almost 20 weeks due to the pandemic, Hull KR have suffered huge financial loss with the players reaching an agreement on pay cuts earlier this month.

That coincided with a return to training and Brierley was quick to praise his employers for their approach to the process.

“What helps is, because the club have been so transparent and honest, you don’t mind giving it up and helping,” said Brierley.

“When you hear the problems at other clubs, who are convincing players to take pay cuts then they are out making big signings on the back of it, it’s just not right.

Hull KR agreed pay cuts with their players earlier this month. Credit: News Images

“At Hull Kingston Rovers we’ve not done that and there has been no negotiation from us. We have been happy with everything they have given us.

“We’re in a situation where we are really lucky, we have a group of players who actually like playing rugby league and just want to come back and play.

“I’m not saying that’s not the case for other teams, but some have had their struggles.

“We are really happy with where we are at. Tony has really helped us and we want to repay the faith he has shown in us and put in some good performances when the season returns.”

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