Smith asks players to fight for contracts

Hull KR coach Tony Smith has laid down the gauntlet for his off-contract players to prove they are good enough to earn a new deal.

Several players are off-contract at the end of the year and have been told at this stage, they will not be offered new terms next year.

But Smith says he’s willing to change his mind if someone can prove their worth.

“I’d probably say they haven’t quite knocked the door down and if they want to they still can,” Smith told the club’s official website.

“We need people who can help us change where we’re at. If those people are with us, fine, that’s well and good and that needs to be proven. We need to finish really strong and if some of those people off-contract can influence that then maybe the answers are already here.

“I’ve got to look outside at the moment until proven otherwise in order to get the right bodies in to have a big enough influence in these initial stages to get us out of the bottom two.”

Last week the Robins handed a one-year extended contract to their Australian fullback Adam Quinlan.

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