Danny McGuire believes that Hull Kingston Rovers can surprise some people this season with some real positive results.
The Robins are back in the Betfred Super League after being promoted from the Championship, but the opening game was one to forget as they lost 28-6 against Wakefield Trinity at home.
But McGuire thinks Tim Sheens’ side can cause a couple of upsets this year.
He told loverugbyleague.com: “Internally, we have got high expectations.
“We want to do well and we want to be challenging every week. We want to be a consistent team who performs well every week.
“It’s going to be tough being the team that gets promoted but I don’t think there is any reason why we can’t shock a few people this year and have some real positive results.
“There is probably no pressure on the team but internally, we put pressure on ourselves every week because we want to perform to our best every week and Super League is getting stronger every year so you have got to be on your mettle every week and that’s a challenge for this team – to bring that eight or nine out of 10 performance every week.”
It’s been well-documented that Hull Kingston Rovers are still searching for a half-back, having a bid for Salford’s Rob Lui rejected and it’s also been reported that they had an offer turned down from Widnes for Rhys Hanbury.
Ex-Swinton Lions star Chris Atkin has been given the nod to partner McGuire in the halves for their game against Leeds Rhinos on Thursday, and McGuire thinks that there is already a couple of good half-backs at the club.
He added: “We’ve worked on some combinations so far and Matty Marsh and Chris Atkin are both really good talents so it’s been good.
“I’m not sure which way Tim (Sheens) is going to go at the minute so he has got a bit of a selection headache there but we are all working together and working hard for the best interests of the team.
“I just want to play and do my bit for the team as I always try to do. I just want to do my best for the team and enjoy this year.”