Hassard is loving his time with Robins’ Academy after union switch

29
Jul
Category: Academy

Hassard is loving his time with Robins’ Academy after union switch

Hull KR Academy’s newest recruit, Sam Hassard has revealed he’s ‘loving’ his time at the club. The 17-year-old was snapped up by the Robins’ junior set-up just months after returning to the sport following a stint in rugby union. 

The utility man signed on the dotted line in May, making his debut two weeks later from the bench in the junior Robins’ 24-14 win over Wigan Warriors. 

Having also played in the win over Huddersfield Giants, Hassard cannot wait to take the field in red and white once again: “When KR made me an offer to join, I couldn’t turn it down.

“I’d not long come back to rugby league and had played a few games for West Hull’s under 18s and first team when I was spotted. I’ve only been at the club for a couple of months, but I’m loving my time at KR.

“Having signed just before we played Warrington in May, I played against Wigan and we won and I thought I went well, almost scoring too. I came off the bench as a bit of an impact player and feel like I did that.” 

Hassard said he has noticed the step up in intensity since arriving at Sewell Group Craven Park: “It’s very different playing club rugby to the academy. 

“Training is like how you play, with high intensity, especially on the Tuesday. The captain’s run is slightly less intense, but still more than training with West Hull.” 

Playing rugby league as a junior, Hassard switched codes to union and starred at fly half for Bishop Burton College: “I stopped playing league two or three years ago. Union was new to me and intrigued me, so I played that for a bit. 

“I was fly half for Bishop Burton and we did well, finishing seventh in the top college league. However, I missed the concept of league after a while so I came back to play for West Hull, my local club.” 

Despite playing in the halves whilst at Bishop Burton, Hassard has so far spent most of his time in the centres for the Robins.: I have played half-back most of my life, but I think my preferred position at the moment is centre

“I’ve been signed as a bit of a utility player, so I think I’ll be swapping between centre and second row as my stepping game and running good lines are my strong points. I would like the chance the play in the halves occasionally too and I’d also like have a go at 13 too. 

“That would give me the best opportunity to showcase my skills and explore my options. My overall goal is to play rugby league and I’d like to try play to a higher level, such as play in the reserves this year and hopefully train with the first team.” 

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