Harvey Livett rejoins Rovers on season-long loan!
Hull Kingston Rovers are delighted to bring Harvey Livett back to Hull College Craven Park for the 2020 campaign!
The versatile back-rower has penned a season-long loan from Warrington Wolves, and will spend the entire year under head coach Tony Smith.
The 22-year-old joined Rovers in June, on a one-month’s loan, and was very impressive, before being recalled to the Wolves in July to compete in their campaigns in search of the Betfred Super League and Coral Challenge Cup titles.
Having enjoyed his short, but successful, time in east Hull earlier this year, Livett is excited to re-join the club for the forthcoming season.
“I really enjoyed my loan spell at Rovers earlier in the 2019 season. They were a great bunch of lads and the club has a great fanbase. I was recalled to Warrington which was fine, as I am still their player,” Livett told hullkr.co.uk.
“It was frustrating not to get much game-time when I did arrive back at Warrington so coming here for 2020 gives me that chance now to play even more games in Red and White. I want to get those minutes racked up but I have to earn the right to do that.
“I’ve never really been out of Warrington to play rugby league. I’ve spent time on loan at Rochdale but that’s literally half an hour down the road. However, I’m already looking at getting a house over in Hull for next year and getting out of my comfort zone. I’m looking forward to experiencing life away from Warrington.”
Livett, who scored in Rovers’ 32-16 victory at Leeds Rhinos, once again links up with head coach Tony Smith and the prospect of working with the Australian in east Hull is something he’s relishing.
“I know what Tony is all about. He signed me as a youngster at Warrington and gave me the opportunity here too – I know what he expects of me already,” Livett added.
“I want to nail down a back-row spot, ideally, but I will play wherever Tony wants me to. There have been some big signings announced by the club that I am excited to play alongside. It will be a real challenge to get into the team week in, week out which I am relishing.
“I have had loads of tweets and Instagram messages from Rovers fans since the rumours began about me returning so hopefully they will welcome me back with both arms. It will be great to play for them once again.”
Head coach Tony Smith commented: “We were really grateful for the opportunity to have Harvey here for a brief period in the 2019 campaign. He played some good stuff here – I enjoyed coaching him and likewise he enjoyed his time at the club.
“Perhaps when returning to his parent club he didn’t quite get the opportunities that he desired, so that is what instigated the season-long loan.
“We are keen to play a big part in Harvey’s development and I am excited to be giving him that opportunity.
“He has got a good chance here to play regular rugby and it will be my third time in coaching Harvey throughout his career to date, so there is a good connection there.
“Harvey is young, hungry and wanting to prove himself – he brings a whole lot to the table.
“The experience he has at such a young age is invaluable and his time in and around successful teams, used to the big occasions, will help. He has several great attributes, such as goal-kicking which is another string to his bow.
“There has certainly been some movement within our team and it has presented a great opportunity in the back-row for Harvey to nail down in 2020.”