Moore excited to build on Academy progression in 2022

25
Nov
Category: Academy

Moore excited to build on Academy progression in 2022

On the back of a shortened 2021 academy season, Harvey Moore is ready to get back up and running with the junior Robins for 2022. The 17-year-old was one of the initial 43 players from the Robins’ academy rebirth in 2019 and has since progressed from the scholarship program to become an integral part of the club’s U18s side.

In 2021, Moore was a mainstay at fullback in a Robins’ U19s side that showed flashes of attacking brilliance before coming undone late on in close contests throughout 2021. While the year had its ups and downs, the former Skirlaugh junior was delighted to get back on the pitch for regular rugby:

“Yeah, it was a good year for us cut short by Covid, but all the lads were great. We were training throughout the covid period, doing our own work – I think that really benefitted us when we came back. We were all at a good fitness level and ready to take on what was coming at us.

“I think our final game against Huddersfield was a really good game. I think the boys showed real grit and determination to keep playing throughout. There were a few occasions in the season we’ve pulled up short, but we were fighting until the end against Huddersfield. Although the result didn’t go our way, the boys were really putting in the effort which is pleasing from a player’s point of view.”

From 2022, the U19s will revert back to U18s as academy rugby returns to normality post-Covid. Amongst the changes, Moore can’t wait to be part of a new-look U18s side next season as a host of Hull KR scholars graduate to academy rugby:

“We’ve got a really talented group again this year (Hull KR U18s), it’s really exciting to see what the scholarship players will bring. This year there are some really exciting players coming up that aren’t afraid to try new things. I think we’re capable of challenging anyone in 2022.”

As Moore looks to the future, the young fullback is hopeful he will earn the chance again to train with Tony Smith’s side after entering the first team bubble during 2021:

“Hopefully, I can get back into first-team training. It really helps in your development as a player – it’d be great to do that again and get more pointers on my development. It was a great experience and you’re always learning in that environment. While he’s not my position, Jordan Abdull gave me some great tips on what I needed to do to get around on the field which is important for a fullback.”

Pre-season has only just started, but Moore is determined to build on 2021 and help the team to reach its potential in the new year:

“It’s been tough, to be honest. We were up at Brantingham Hills last week and that was really getting the lungs going but all the boys are just ripping in which is quality to see. It’s going to be a focus of ours this season on finishing games and playing throughout the full 80 instead of just spells of the game. We can’t wait to get back out there.”

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