Talanted duo sign contract extensions
The Robins have tied down the futures of two of their promising youngsters with Liam Salter and James Green signing two year extensions to their contracts, keeping them at Craven Park until the end of 2014.
The young duo would have been out of contract at the end of the current campaign and Rovers have moved swiftly to ward off any moves from rival Super League clubs by securing the signatures of the pair.
Salter, a former Myton Warrior, was the club's Academy Player of the Year in 2011 and has continued to make progress in 2012. Head Coach Craig Sandercock rewarded that progress by handing him his first-team debut at Catalans earlier in the season and the 18-year-old has gone on to make three further appearances at Super League level so far.
Meanwhile, Green (21), who joined the Robins' youth set-up from Skirlaugh Bulls, is also highly-rated at the club and skippered the Academy side into the play-offs for the first ever time last season.The big prop is yet to make his senior debut but has impressed in the U20s this year and Sandercock is delighted that both he and Salter will be staying with the club.
"Liam has really impressed me with his attitude and work ethic," he said. "He is always keen to improve his game and it is a credit to the club that an East Hull junior is progressing so well. Liam has already had a taste of 1st team football and hasn't looked out of place. Hopefully Liam will follow a similar path to that of Kris Welham.
"James has been a pleasure to coach. He is working hard on his game and is close to gaining some 1st team action. He has some real potential and it is great news for the club that James will be here for at least the next two years."
Robins' Chief Executive, Mike Smith, is also delighted that the pair have committed their future to the red and white cause and revealed that keeping hold of the club's promising, young talent is a major priority.
"With the way the game is going it's important to make sure that you have a good youth development structure in place," he said. "As a club, we have a real focus on producing our own talent and want to see the likes of Liam Salter and James Green become regular first-team players in the future.
"The fact that we have tied them down to new contracts is a statement of intent that shows we don't want our talented, young players leaving the club to go elsewhere."