Dagger catches the eye on enjoyable first day
New signing Will Dagger says he enjoyed his first day of training with Hull Kingston Rovers after getting his pre-season underway at KCOM Craven Park on Friday.
The England Academy full back has joined the club from Super League rivals Warrington Wolves and was one of a number of Rovers players to report for training late last week as the coaching staff and first team squad started preparations for the team’s return to the top flight in 2018.
It proved to be an impressive introduction into the squad as well for Dagger with the youngster catching the eye with some good skills during a field session alongside the likes of Chris Atkin, whilst he also got his first taste of the club’s watt bike programme implemented by Head of Athletic Performance Tom Clough and Head of Strength and Conditioning Shane Carney 12 months ago.
Speaking to hullkr.tv, Dagger said: “I enjoyed it, it was good to get started and get back into the swing of things. Coming into a new club you’re always a bit nervous and nervous to meet new teammates but they’ve all made me welcome and shown me around, told me what I can and can’t do!
“We ripped in during our session in the gym and on the field. It (the watt bike session) was pretty tough on the legs! They’ve said the first couple of weeks I’ll be cruising us into it rather than being chucked into the deep end.
“I love the ball in hand, that’s my playing style to play what’s in front of me and execute it well. I enjoyed it, hopefully in those couple of drills I’ve shown what I can do and what I’m capable of doing.
“I’ve spoken to Sheensy a couple of times and he’s told me about the structures and what he likes to work around. The style of play that he’s picked out for us will help me, it suitsmy style to get ball in hand. I’m still young and pretty quick, so I like getting my hands on the ball and create that overlap of use my footwork to beat that first man myself.
“From the four games I’ve played for Warrington in Super League, I’ve learned a lot. The game speed is completely different to the under-19s, it’s a lot more physical and faster. You need to have some good knowledge of the game and being around older teammates, they tip you on what you need to be doing and what to look out for.”
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