Smith remains coy on Hull KR future

Hull KR coach Tony Smith has refused to comment on whether or not he will be Rovers’ head coach next season.

Smith replaced Tim Sheens at the start of June but only signed a contract until the end of the season.

Since then, KR’s playing standard has improved, however they still sit 11th in the Super League table.

Fans do, however, seem keen on the club keeping Smith on next season but he insists a new contract is a conversation for another time.

“It gets brought up from time to time but as I keep saying, I’m happy to focus on what’s at hand now,” he told Hull Live. “Let’s get into a different position in the ladder and then we can look at things in a whole different light.

“My focus and remit at the moment is to help this team to get into that position and build for the future. We’re still making decisions for the future regardless of where I sit in that. We’re making plans as best we can and recruiting as best we can for a really bright future at this club.

“I’m loving my time here and that’s down to the people. When you’re a coach if your players are responsive, enjoying themselves and getting better that’s why I coach.

“Satisfaction as a coach – brilliant, the people and staff I’m working with – fantastic. They rely on me to do the things I like to do within coaching and they take a whole lot of pressure off me in areas that I’m probably not as strong in.

“The support that we’ve had, we couldn’t have hoped for any more support than what we’re being given. All those things make it a pleasurable experience. I understand there’s some interest and there’s some interest from the fans. At the fans day some of them expressed their desire for me to be a part of next year and beyond – they made that clear.

“But I’m going to keep focused on what we’re doing here. I’m enjoying it, the players are enjoying it and I think the fans are enjoying it. I understand they’re anxious about where their team sits and we’ve got to try fix that as soon as we can. When we do that then we can think more about longer term.”