Tony Smith delighted with ‘well-deserved’ King extension

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Tony Smith delighted with ‘well-deserved’ King extension

On the back of George King signing a new three-year extension at the Robins, Tony Smith was delighted to tie the ‘hardworking’ front-rower down to a long-term deal until 2025.

A 10-cap Ireland RL International, King has been a constant in the middle for KR during the 2021 Betfred Super League Season, only missing one game. Throughout 2021, the 26 year-old has impressed with his robust defence and nonstop drive to help wrestle Tony Smith’s men onto the front foot in tight contests.

The former Warrington Wolves man’s tireless work in the middle has been a noticeable quality in KR’s well-deserved victories throughout the season, including league doubles’ over Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers, and the inspired playoff performance to down Warrington Wolves and put the club 80 minutes away from Old Trafford.

Tony Smith was delighted to sign King up to a ‘well-deserved’ extension: “It’s great news for George and the club, well-deserved. It is an extension down to his attitude, hard work and his commitment to the team in the club. 

“His work and commitment to the club has been rewarded, but at the same time, George’s has been a big part of the club’s improvement. He’s played a big role in that and can see also that George will continue to improve and lead the way in many aspects of the way that he plays.

“He certainly matured (since his time at Warrington Wolves), but he’s always had a terrific attitude. Even as a young guy, when I had him first starting at Warrington, he was always very, very committed and professional. He’s gone up in that with his maturity and also his experiences that he’s gained along the way.

“He brings that experience to us, he’s still relatively young in terms of prop forwards and players in his position seem to mature at later stages of their career, but George has shown great maturity all the way through. He’s a deep thinker, he thinks a bit differently to a lot of people and the way that he goes about things, he is a pleasure to work with. I’ve had nothing but praise for him about the way he applies himself and his desire to improve.” 

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