Smith feeling positive vibes inside camp
With the start of the new Super League season edging ever nearer, Robins’ CEO Mike Smith says that there is positivity aplenty within the club.
Eight new recruits, the completion of the north stand and an increase in Season Membership sales on this time last year are factors that have all contributed to creating a real air of anticipation around the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Leeds Rhinos will roll into town on Sunday February 16th (KO 3pm) for the opening league game of the 2014 campaign and Smith says that the day can’t come around quickly enough for everyone involved with the Robins.
“People have asked me many times exactly what it is that feels different and I wish I could put my finger on it,” he said. “But there is definitely something different about this year. We’ve got a great group of players who I think are together which makes a big difference. We’ve had some great players who have represented the club in the past and we also have some great players who will be wearing the shirt in 2014.
“We need to let our fans know that there is something special going on at Hull Kingston Rovers and that we are very ambitious as a club. I was fortunate enough to spend a week with the squad in Tenerife before Christmas and the camaraderie that they have is something I haven’t seen before and I’ve been here since 2008.
“I think we’ve got the right blend of experience and youth and with the quality of senior players we’ve brought in, our younger players have good role models to look up to.”
As well as being pro-active on the field, the Robins have also been busy off it with plenty of work going into the infrastructure of the club. The north stand, improved home dressing room and better training facilities are all part of that and Smith admits that the red and whites have bigger aspirations than simply making the top eight.
“We have new directors on board who have been great for the club and I personally am very positive about this year,” he added. “In the past, our target has been set as being in the top eight but I think we need to put that behind us as that’s not where we need to be. As a club, with the supporter base that we have, with the new facilities we have, the squad that’s in place and the developments going around the club we have to aspire to being higher up the play-off places and thus take Hull Kingston Rovers back where we belong.”