2021 Squad Numbers Announced

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2021 Squad Numbers Announced

33 – Jimmy Keinhorst:

Keinhorst made an immediate impression on Rovers fans with his last second try in the 2019 season opener against Hull FC, writing his name in Red and White history. The German international returned to the club from a loan spell with York City Knights and claimed a try against his former side, Leeds Rhinos.

32 – Charlie Cavanaugh:

A hooker with plenty of promise. Cavanaugh shone in the youth ranks as a leader in the number nine role. Earning a first team contract with the club, Cavanaugh will be rubbing shoulders with Litten and Parcell to learn from them.

31 – Thomas Whur:

After making an strong mark in the Academy game, Thomas Whur signed a professional contract with the club. Working closely with the senior forward players in the side, Whur will help speed up his progression as he targets a first team place in the near future.

30 – Will Tate:

Tate rapidly became a fans favourite after debuting for the club in 2020 against Leeds Rhinos, in the demanding role of full back. At the young age of just 18, coaching staff and fans alike were impressed with his level-headedness and calming presence at the back. Tate picked up his first professional try whilst playing on the wing against Huddersfield Giants.

29 – Anesu Mudoti:

Yet to make his professional debut for the club, Anesu suffered a leg injury which held him for the majority of the 2020 season. Although before that, the 19-year-old made a serious impression in the reserves grade side, claiming a memorable try.

28 – Muizz Mustapha:

Mustapha may be young but plays with a senior head. Making his debut for his parent club, Lees Rhinos midway through 2020, the powerhouse impressed as he played with no fear and impressive skill. Rovers fans should be excited for what Muizz may offer the side for 2021.

27 – Luis Johnson:

Returning to the club on a permanent basis, Johnson signed a deal in December. His ability to play on the edge and in the middle of the pack was a deciding factor for Tony Smith to bring the youngster back to Hull College Craven Park.

26 – Will Maher:

Maher became a regular in Tony Smith’s side towards the back end of last year after gaining momentum on field and finding some impressive form. The towering prop forward will be hoping to recapture his form for the upcoming season.

25 – Rowan Milnes:

One of the five signings making the move from Bradford Bulls, Milnes is held in high regards by Rugby League legend, Danny McGuire and head coach, Tony Smith. The half-back will be working closely with McGuire through the preseason to help make the most of his opportunity with the Robins

24 – Joe Keyes:

Debuting for the club against Castleford Tigers and picking up an assist in the opening five minutes, Keyes was later held back by injury throughout the 2020 season. The London-born half back retains his number.

23 – Ethan Ryan:

As Ethan Ryan settled in to the life at Rovers after moving from Bradford Bulls, the winger went on to score some impressive tries for the Robins. Including an emphatic dive in the corner against St. Helens, which put him in contention for Try of the Season.

22 – Nick Rawsthorne:

Making his debut season for the Robins in 2020, a standout moment for Rawsthorne came on his debut. Scoring a last gasp try in the dying embers of a Challenge Cup tie against now Super League side, Leigh Centurions. Rawsthorne helped his side advance into the next round of the cup competition.

21 – Owen Harrison:

Standing over 6’5ft, Harrison is an imposing figure in the forward pack. Spending time out on loan to Dewsbury Rams in 2019, Harrison will be aiming to pick up further game time with the first team in 2021.

20 – Mikey Lewis:

2020 was a standout season for the Robins’ academy product. With a Man of the Match performance against Champions, St. Helens, Lewis made a statement of his Super League credentials and gave the fans plenty of reason to be excited about what’s to come for the young half.

19 – Will Dagger:

Dagger is given the 19 jersey once more after signing a one year extension with the club. Will admitted in an open interview that Tony Smith helped him change his attitude towards the game for the better, helping him improve on his training methods and game style.

18 – Matty Storton:

Storton joins his Bradford counterpart, Elliot Minchella as he moves up the list by ten places. Storton enjoyed an impressive debut season with the Robins, as well as an inaugural year in Super League. The 21-year old is a fond favourite of Tony Smith, as he fought his way into the starting line up almost immediately.

17 – Elliot Minchella:

Making the move from West to East Yorkshire for 2020, Minchella rapidly became a fans favourite with his consistent performances and the ability to play in most positions. The utility man found fantastic form when we returned to play after lockdown, moving him ten places up the jersey list from 27 to 17.

16 – George King:

King is held in high regards to Tony Smith. After previously working with the former Great Britain coach at Warrington Wolves, Smith was keen to snap up his services on a deal from Wakefield Trinity.

15 – George Lawler:

Now Hull KR’s longest serving player, George Lawler came through the ranks and proudly flies the flag for East Hull. Devoted to the Red and White, Lawler has the ability to play loose forward, second row as well as prop forward. He retains the number 15 jersey.

14 – Jez Litten:

2020 was a standout season for the 22-year-old, picking up the Young Player of the Year Award, fighting off serious competition from the likes of Will Tate and Mikey Lewis. Litten will be giving his all to fight for the number nine role in the side, as the youngster looks to increase his game time.

13 – Dean Hadley:

Swapping sides of the river back in 2019, Dean Hadley came over to the club with Jez Litten and made an immediate impact. Hadley boasts the number 13 shirt for a consecutive season thanks to his toughness in the middle along with his excellent ball-playing abilities.

12 – Kane Linnett:

The 2020 Player and Members Player of the Year takes a step inside closer to the pack as he moves from centre to second row for 2021. A standout season in Linnett’s career saw him pick up multiple accolades in the annual Player of the Year Awards. Linnett now enters his third season with the Red and Whites and will be aiming to continue last season impressive form.

11 – Brad Takairangi:

A real offseason coup for the club was securing the signature of former Paramatta Eels utility man, Brad Takairangi. Boasting the ability to play in the centres, halves and second row, the Cook Island and New Zealand international picks up his spot on the edge.

10 – Korbin Sims:

Another new kid on the block. With almost 150 NRL appearances to his name, Sims will partner Vete in the prop forward slot, after agreeing on a two-year contract with the Robins back in November 2020. The Fijian international will be hoping to make his mark on the Betfred Super League and then the RWLC towards the end of the year.

9 – Matt Parcell:

For a second successive season, Matt Parcell has been deemed the starting hooker. Signing from Leeds Rhinos mid-way through 2019, the 28-year old will help guide the pack through 2021, as well as give valuable experience to apprentice, Jez Litten.

8 – Albert Vete:

The first of Tony Smith’s six new introductions to East Hull is handed the number eight jersey. Vete comes from strong pedigree, most recently playing for Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors. Standing over 6’2ft and weighing over 110kg, the Auckland born bruiser will add some well-appreciated power to the forward pack.

7 – Jordan Abdull:

Abdull retains the solitary half-back number available after re-joining Rovers from London Broncos in 2019. Abdull partnered Mikey Lewis in the closing stages of 2020 with some success, despite one lone appearance at centre against Salford Red Devils, a close game in which the number seven claimed a try.

6 – Roger Millward (retired number):

A man who needs no introduction. A true legend of the sport and one that will never be forgotten.

5 – Ryan Hall:

England’s leading try-scoring comes in on the opposite side to partner Kenny-Dowall, wearing the number five jumper. Entering his debut season with the Robins, Hall is hoping to hit the ground running under the leadership of Tony Smith once more.

4- Shaun Kenny-Dowall:

SKD switches his side of the field from 2020, from three to four. The former Sydney Rooster and New Zealand international will be hoping to recapture his form from the NRL as he enters his second season at Hull College Craven Park.

3 – Greg Minikin:

Tony Smith has opted to reshuffle his backline in the offseason. Moving Greg Minikin from wing back to centre, a position he knows well after spending the closing stages of his career with Castleford there, and partnering close friend Ben Crooks on the edge.

2- Ben Crooks:

Racking up 11 Super League tries in the previous season, as well as picking up the try of the year award for his finish of a fantastic team try in the Hull derby, Ben Crooks retains his place on the wing.

1 – Adam Quinlan:

After signing a contract extension in the offseason, Quinlan is handed to number 1 shirt for the fourth successive year. Suffering an unfortunate wrist injury against his former side St. Helens, ruling him out for the closing months of the 2020 season, the electric fullback will be aiming for a strong response in 2021.

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