Hudgell hails Peacock appointment for Hull KR

Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell has admitted he’s excited to have someone with the “winning culture” of Jamie Peacock on board at the club – and insists he’s not here to coach the team.

Peacock has joined the Robins as head of rugby with immediate effect, after bringing the curtain down on his playing career by winning the treble with Leeds Rhinos.

And Hudgell, speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, says that Peacock’s involvement will be vital in building the right culture at the club.

“It’s about building a culture and there’s nobody who understands a winning culture more than Jamie Peacock,” he said.

“We talked about small wins in games and professionalism, doing things the right way. We’ve got a whole new backroom staff this year so we’ve tried to refresh the whole of that rugby department. I’m very excited to have him on board.”

Hudgell stressed that whilst Peacock will be involved with decisions such as recruitment, the coaching will be left entirely down to head coach Chris Chester.

“He never wants to be a coach, there’s never that friction.

“From day one, he’s not here to coach, he’s not interested in coaching – he’s probably too sensible for that.

“He is here to help every aspect of the department, to oversee our involvement in the academy, but most of all his profile is going to help us with some recruitment decisions.

“He’s also very relevant too as he’s only just finished playing. He’s had players he’d played against who he’ll have opinions of and know their abilities.”