Will Dagger joined Hull KR back in 2018 having made his Super League debut for Warrington the year before.
He has had an up and down tenure at Craven Park but his quality and effort have always shone through even when the Robins finished bottom in 2020.
This year, however, he wasn’t given much of a chance due to the form of Adam Quinlan at fullback prompting him to go out on loan to Featherstone before he’d made a single Super League appearance for Hull KR this season.
Following Quinlan’s injury and Hull KR’s growing injury concerns, Dagger was brought back into the fold and made his first Super League appearance of 2021 at the Magic Weekend when Hull KR kept their play-off hopes alive with a win over Leigh. A week later he claimed Sky Sports’ Man of the Match for a gutsy performance against Castleford. He made a huge try saving tackle helping inspire the Robins to a key win over their play-off rivals.
With his contract running out, plenty of Hull KR fans feared he would be let go but the Robins have instead handed him a two-year contract extension keeping him at the club until the end of 2023. He follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Keinhorst who was sent out on loan only to earn a new deal shortly after as Hull KR’s squad takes shape for 2022.
Head Coach Tony Smith was very pleased to have secured Dagger’s services for another two years. Speaking to the club website he said: “I’m pleased for Will. It’s based on the way he applies himself on and off the field. We feel we’re going to be able to help him develop over the next few years.
“We want hardworking, talented young players coming through at the club. For his young age, he’s been around the professional game a long time now and we feel he can help us progress as a team. I’m looking forward to working with him for the next two years.”