Robin lands at Rovers as Sharp joins Academy set-up

08
Jul
Category: On The Pitch

Robin lands at Rovers as Sharp joins Academy set-up

Hull Kingston Rovers are delighted to welcome Robin Sharp to the club as its new Talent Identification and Scholarship Manager.

Working within the new Hull KR Academy system, Sharp brings a wealth of experience to KCOM Craven Park having worked with Huddersfield Giants, Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls, the latter of which with John Bastian, the club’s new Head of Youth.

Renown for bringing the future players through the system right from Scholarship level to the first-team, Sharp is excited to be on board at Rovers.

“I’ve worked with John for quite a few years. We have the same philosophies and principles in youth development. We work really well together and I’m looking forward to getting started at a big club in Super League,” Sharp told the club’s website.

“It’s a challenging job but a really good role. I love working with the youth and seeing them develop. It’s not about me, it’s them.  I love seeing them being successful as a player and a person.

“It’s important to bring back the academy and it’s a clean slate for the club. We’re building from the bottom up, and it’s a highly successful club over a number of years, steeped in history and I look forward to getting started.”

Bastian added: “It’s great to have Robin Sharp on board with us. He’s a good person – he has a real passion for youth development. The younger players are always really responsive to him.

“He’s constantly watching games and looking for the next talent that is progressing at the community clubs that we watch.

“The biggest thing is that Robin wants the young players to do well. He encourages them more than any youth coach that I’ve worked with. Ask the majority of them, and they’d go to Robin.

“He’s got a real warmth about them and he cares for them. Robin knows that young players make their own history but he’s one of them people that want to help them on their way.

“Robin has a part-time role and he’ll be coming through two to three times a week, doing some talent identification in East Yorkshire and the city of Hull, as well as some in West Yorkshire. He’ll do some management around the scholarship ages too, which he has terrific experience in. He’s a very talented man.”

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