Lee: Sheens can get the best out of me
Hull Kingston Rovers hooker Tommy Lee says he’s confident of playing some of the best rugby of his career at KCOM Craven Park after joining the Robins on a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old, who can also play at loose forward and in the halves, has joined to club for our return to the Betfred Super League in 2018 and says he’s confident Rovers coach Tim Sheens can bring out the best in him.
Lee, who was born in the city, came through the academy ranks at Hull FC and has gone on to represent several clubs before joining the Robins from St Helens.
He told www.hullkr.co.uk: “I’m from Hull and it will be good to come back to the city and be around family a bit more, but the main draw for me was to work with Tim again.
“I feel like I started playing some of the best rugby of my career when I was working with Tim before, but I picked up an injury and that ended my season really which was disappointing.
“It was then a bit of a gamble going to St Helens after that, it was a bit of a risk but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity of playing for a top club. James Roby started to play some of his best stuff again whilst I was there so I’ve not played as much as I’d like, but it’s not something I regret at all.
“I just feel like I can get back to my best at Hull KR, I’ve got a lot of rugby left in me and I’m sure Tim is the best person to get it out of me.
“It’s going to be a big challenge but one that I’m really looking forward to. One thing you miss when you leave Hull is the derby games so it’s going to be nice to be involved with those again.
“There’s been quite a few players recently who have played for both Hull clubs and I’ll have the opportunity now, but it’s not something I’ve really thought about. It’s been a long time between clubs and my focus is just on playing my best stuff here for Rovers.”
A versatile player who adds plenty of Super League experience as well as the ability to cover several positions, says he’s looking forward to linking up with a couple of familiar faces at Rovers, including skipper Shaun Lunt.
“I think I’ll mainly be pushing for a place at hooker as back-up to Lunty. I’ve played with him before at Huddersfield and he’s a great player and bloke. He had a great season last year and if we can get a partnership going then that would be good for the team.
“I’ll be looking to play a bit at 9, maybe a bit at 13 as well, but I’ll go wherever Tim wants me and I’ll do my best to help the team as best as I can.
“I know Justin Carney pretty well so it will be good to play with him again as well. He’s a good lad and you’d much rather be playing with him than against him!
“I’ve heard it’s a really good bunch of lads and I’m excited to get in there for pre-season training and get stuck in. It’s going to be a tough pre-season but one I’m looking forward to.”