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Peacock looking forward to taking Hull KR into Super League

By Ben Guzdek

Jamie Peacock still has faith in Hull Kingston Rovers and believes they can return to the Super League.

The former Leeds Rhinos prop, who has been the director of sport at KR for over a year now, will head the side competing in the Championship next season.

The 38-year-old revealed to students of Leeds Trinity University what the plan of action will be at a press conference. He said: “We’ve just been putting our squad together, we’re very happy with it, there’s room now for maybe three or four more players.”

He believes that the new season will be a fresh start and will look to offer opportunities for academy players.

The former England captain said: “I think if you analyse any Super League Grand Final winning side then the core of that squad is made of young players who have come through the system. So we’re going to use that blueprint and I’m a big believer in playing younger players. We’ll get the chance to do that more in the Championship than in Super League.”

This will mean good news for academy players as they look to make a name for themselves during their time at Rovers.

Talented players such as Josh Guzdek, Conor Robinson, Macaulay Hallet, Sonny Esslemont and Matthew Marsh have all come through the Rovers academy and have gone on to play professional rugby.

Kieran Moran, 20, a youth graduate who has gone on to feature in Scotland’s squad for the Four Nations said of the Championship: “It is a good opportunity for us to make a name for ourselves and get some decent time.”

“Dropping down a league is a good chance for us to prove ourselves and puts us in good stead when we get back to Super League.”

Their new season in the Championship will start against Bradford Bulls in the opening round.

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