New Hull KR signing expecting “weird” experience in 2023

James Batchelor has left Wakefield Trinity behind as we head into 2023 having joined Hull KR for the new season.

He recently spoke on the club’s website about his excitement about this new challenge, he expressed his excitement at playing at Craven Park:

“I’m really looking forward to it, I love the noise and how they try and make it hostile for the other team. It’s just loud all the time, I’ve played on a Sunday and a Friday night and it’s both brilliant but the Friday night game was just something else. I’m really looking forward to them and the big games and the derbies.”

Hull KR’s first game will come at home against Wigan Warriors, so Batchelor won’t have to wait long for a taste of this atmosphere.

But with a move comes the inevitability you will have to return to your former club and Batchelor is expecting it to be weird:

“It’s going to be a bit weird, I’ve played there all my career.”

He is also enjoying the sessions from new Hull KR boss Willie Peters:

“It’s been really tough, I think he’s spoken a lot in the press about World Class effort and he said if we give that he can’t complain.

“Definitely think it will suit me, I’m going to keep working hard and trying to make it easier for the people around me.”

Batchelor is also very determined to have a big impact at the club in 2023.

He wanted to play every game and despite playing in the middle wants to play every minute too as he went on to say: “I want to play every week and playing every well and ideally I want to be playing 80 minutes every game.”

That said he showed his commitment to the club when he said: “But whatever role I play I’ll give it my all.”

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