Hull KR abandon plans for reserve grade following relegation

Hull Kingston Rovers chairman Neil Hudgell has revealed the club are not going to be implementing a reserve structure in their plans for 2017 following relegation from Super League.

The Robins chief told the BBC that any creation of a reserve set-up will be something the club have to look at upon their return to Super League, either in 2017 or beyond.

Hudgell also said that there will be chances for the club’s youngsters to play in the Championship – and hinted that he feels that the second-tier is a good level for young talent to be playing in to learn their trade quicker.

“There is no point in introducing a reserves competition in the Championship,” Hudgell told the BBC. “We will look back at that if and when we get back up to Super League.

“My intention is that we keep the core together of the best we have and supplement that with additions. We also have the opportunity to blood some more kids because we’ve got some good ones coming through.

“Maybe the Championship is a better environment for them to come through. We never wanted to lose our status but the fact that we have gives us an opportunity to do that quicker.”

The Robins have blooded a number of youngsters this year, including the likes of Joe Wardill, Kieran Moran and Will Jubb.