Sims Excited to ‘Stamp Authority’ on 2022

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Sims Excited to ‘Stamp Authority’ on 2022

Korbin Sims has outlined the Robins are ready to ‘stamp their authority’ on Super League after learning from the successes and failures of 2021. The Fiji International endured a stop-start first season at Hull College Craven Park, featuring in important victories over Castleford Tigers, Leigh Centurions, and Wigan Warriors while amassing 14 appearances for the year.

Now, the former  Newcastle Knight is back in pre-season, recharged and refocused on helping the Robins progress further this year:“2021 personally wasn’t my best year, I know that and the coaching staff know that. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the rest of preseason and 2022. It’s a pretty exciting time with a few new lads coming and with what we did in 2021

“With covid last year, it limited us to what we could do as a team socially. That’s the big thing when you’re trying to grow a team together – you have to do things other than football.

“Everyone this year is focused and there’s a great crop of young dudes coming through, there are exciting things to come. Tony has a plan for how he wants the team to go. I’ve got experience behind me and knowledge under my belt. I’m more than happy to help those young lads be that burst of energy the team needs.

“I just try to enjoy myself on the pitch as much as I could last year. It wasn’t the best run of form with injuries, which was frustrating at times. But as long as the teams doing well that’s the exciting thing and that’s where we get our enthusiasm from. The people around the city have been really enthusiastic about the club in 2021. Hopefully, we’ll see more of that this year.

Following the end of the season, Sims headed back to Australia to link up with family after being separated for nearly a year due to Covid-19: “Unfortunately Covid has thrown some curveballs and I wasn’t able to see my son for 11 months. thankfully Tony gave me time to go home and enjoy that family time that I’ve missed throughout the year and help me recharge my batteries. It was great to hang out with the little fella’ as well as my family and friends. We had some English weather over there and it was bucketing down with rain but we made the most of it.”

On the back of returning to Hull, the front-rower is focused on helping the Robins start the new year with a bang: “I know my personal standards and in 2022 there’s going to be a lot more coming. My body is feeling good, I’m looking forward to ripping in and starting 2022 off with a bang.

“We’ll get through the first couple of trials then get stuck into the first half of the season. Not only me personally but as a team, we want to really stamp our authority on the back of what we did last year because we know we can do a lot better than that.

“We were great in aspects and in other areas not so much. We’re working on them, not only as a team but as a club. We’re moving the club forward with the new branding and everyone I bump into is excited and wearing their Hull KR kit with the new badge too. That gets us excited for the future too.”

While the Derby is always a highlight, the Gerringong native is focused on him and his teammates firing on all cylinders come the start of the season: “The Derby is the one that everyone circles on the calendar due to the great traditions both clubs have. But, I’m looking forward to trying to get myself in the right position to push the team and my teammates around me to not only make me a better player for 2022 but them as well. 

“We feed off each other, train together, and pretty much live together – it’s an exciting time to be involved with the club. Frankie (Halton) has been really good and he’s fit straight into our group. Sam Wood he’s been really good on the edge, he’s a livewire and a tall drink of water too, so he’s going to give us some height on the edge.

“From his point of view, learning from Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, and Kane Linnett on the edges – he’s (Sam Wood) got some great people to work with. I want to try and help these younger lads coming through the middle. We’ve got plenty of middles that learned from last year’s success and failures. We know the younger guys that are coming through can come to us and ask questions to help them out, I’m excited for that this year.”

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