George King Thrilled With Pre-Season Progress

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George King Thrilled With Pre-Season Progress

George King says the Robins have hit the ground running in pre-season training and is thrilled to have linked up with the ‘well respected’ Tony Smith once more.

Joining the club on a two year deal in the closing stages of 2020, King says that it has given him the perfect opportunity to settle in well and is longing for the return of fans to the ‘electric’ Hull College Craven Park.

Whilst the key, senior figures in training have been showcasing their talent, the younger generation of players have been pushing hard to earn starting spots ahead of the return of the Betfred Super League season this March 27th.

“Pre-season is obviously really tough, but I had the opportunity to come in towards the back end of last year and meet everyone, so it made pre-season much easier. Joining in with some new faces and some good young lads have been really good, really challenging but really good,” said King.

“The Covid-19 restrictions have put a bit of strain on training but we have been through adversity all our careers, lots of stuff pops up that we just have to keep on rolling with. We just have to get on with it. Although it’s been tough, it’s been rewarding as well.

“When I joined last year I only had about 4/5 games that I actually managed to play – not in front of the fans, and I’m hoping we can soon because everyone keeps on telling me as a home atmosphere it’s magic here. I can’t wait for a bit of normality and to hit the ground running.”

King originally worked with Tony Smith in the opening stages of his career with Warrington Wolves, where he became a regular in his side. Since returning to Rugby League, Smith was keen to work with the front-rower once more.

“It’s been really good. I’ve found a new life really. I spent a few good years with Tony at Warrington then we both went and did some different things. It’s nice to re-join him again and it’s back to the old same old. I’ve always respected Tony and got on with him well.

“I know Korbin Sims in a way, I know his brother (Aston) really well. He’s come over here and he’s got loads of experience that rubs off on you, and Brad (Takairangi) and Albert (Vete), when those two get settled in it’s going to be really good.

“We’ve got plenty of younger kids as well that are pushing the older lads – it’s going to be really challenging, but don’t get me wrong every Super League club is going to have a really good pre-season with such a long off-season and plenty of new faces. I’d like to think that we are in a much better position than we were last year.”

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