Robins bid for loan money

Hull Kingston Rovers have applied for a part of the government’s £16 million loan.

League Express understands the Robins have begun the process of gaining access to the money in preparation for their return to action on August 2nd.

Rovers will start in the first game of Super League’s return in a bottom-of-the-table clash with winless Toronto Wolfpack.

The Robins have been one of the worst-hit clubs financially as a result of the pandemic and they are preparing for significant losses.

Craven Park was due to host three major music concerts during the lockdown, which would have brought in substantial revenue. But the gigs, featuring Tom Jones, Westlife and Little Mix, have all been postponed, leaving a huge financial gap in the club’s cash flow projections.

They are also going to take an unexpected hit after being informed of their involvement in Super League’s return.

The Robins had planned to bring players off furlough on August 1st to ensure they continued to benefit from the government scheme. But players are now due to return on Monday July 13th, which will come at a further cost.

How much money the Robins will be entitled to from the government loan remains to be seen. Each club has been assessed on a case-by-case basis on the basis of financial predictions given to the RFL.

Wakefield Chairman Michael Carter revealed Trinity could be entitled to as much as £390,000.