Thursday 13 May 2021 Sports Roundup
Hull Kingston Rovers have had a busy start to the week. Two players have signed new contracts and one has been loaned out. Winger Ethan Ryan signed a new deal until 2023. After a slow start last season Ryan has become a regular fixture in Red and White this year. Head Coach Tony Smith had this to say about the 25-year-old “Ethan has shown that he is a young guy developing and doing very well. He’s applied himself as we hoped and wished and has shown us that he could be a really important part of our future.”
Jordan Abull has also had his contract renewed this week with a new three year deal. Abdull is on his second spell at Craven Park having spent a season on loan from arch-rivals Hull FC, while KR were in the Championship. The Hull born half back has been influential in Rovers’ successes so far this season including a match winning drop goal against Huddersfield Giants. Abdull has gone on record saying “I’m really excited and happy that it’s all over the line and sorted. I feel I can relax a bit more and keep enjoying playing my rugby. I’ve loved the two years I’ve been here so there was no hesitation to sign the contract when it was on offer.”
Meanwhile young half back Mikey Lewis has left the Robins on an initial one month to championship outfit York City Knights. Lewis has been involved in the majority of Rovers Super League games this season – however has missed out since picking up a suspension. The loan move will see the teenager continue to gain game time and on field experience.
Hull City had their 2020/21 end of season awards evening. Naturally it was done virtually. George Honeyman deservedly took home three awards; Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the year and Supporters’ Player of the Year! The midfielder scored 4 in 47 appearances but more impressively ended the season with 14 assists. Honeyman and teammate Callum Elder made the League One team of the season – with Grant McCann winning League One manager of the season. Young player of the season was won by Hull born central defender Jacob Greaves. This was Greaves’ debut season as a Tigers first teamer having developed through the academy. Son of a former City player, Mark Greaves (also a defender), Jacob helped contribute to an excellent defensive record which included 17 clean sheets while he was playing. Another Hull born player won an award last night – that was Lewie Coyle. Coyle won goal of the season for a sensational strike against Fleetwood. The goal was the winner in a 3-2 victory in the EFL Trophy back in January.