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Training camp planned for January

The Hull Kingston Rovers first team squad will once again jet off on a pre-season training camp in mid-January ahead of the club’s return to the Betfred Super League.

Having trained in Tenerife earlier this year, the Robins will head abroad for the second successive season under head coach Tim Sheens, this time to a different sports complex on Spain’s Costa Blanca for an intense week-long warm weather camp that will form a key part of preparations for 2018.

The camp will come just a few days after the second of two pre-season friendlies early in the New Year, with a third friendly then scheduled for late January to allow Tim and his staff to finalise plans for the new campaign.

Speaking to www.hullkr.co.uk, Sheens said: “This year’s training camp proved to be an important part of the year and helped lay the foundations of what we achieved, so we are grateful to the board of directors and vice-chairman Rob Crossland in particular for giving us the opportunity to do so again.

“Although we won’t have such a large turnover of players to contend with this time, recruitment is still ongoing and we have some players yet to return to training after the World Cup. The coaching staff have been very methodical in how this pre-season has been structured and this camp will allow any late arrivals to get up-to-speed before the start of Super League and bring everybody together in better training conditions.

“Our first two friendlies will highlight some areas for us to work on whilst we are out there as well, and then we’ll have a final warm-up match after we get back to fine-tune things before taking on Wakefield Trinity on February 2nd.”

Details on the club’s three pre-season friendly fixtures will be confirmed on hullkr.co.uk in due course.

Photo: Training camp planned for January