Exciting times for Hull KR, says new recruit Brad Takairangi

Drew Darbyshire

Hull KR’s new signing Brad Takairangi says it is exciting times for the club as the new Super League season approaches.

The 31-year-old has been training his new club for a couple of weeks now following his move from NRL side Parramatta Eels.

Takairangi said: “The boys have been really welcoming and we’ve had a couple of weeks of ripping in to training.

“Tony (Smith, coach) and the coaching staff have been awesome and I’m just looking forward to the games now.

“I feel like we’ve got a great mix. We’ve got some hard workers and really fit blokes in the team at the moment mixed with a bit of power with Korbs (Korbin Sims) and Albs (Albert Vete) coming in so it is exciting times for us.

“I love that everyone is writing us off. Nobody is giving us a chance which is awesome but the only thing that matters is the people in our organisation. We’ve been ripping into training and I really like what I’ve seen from the boys so I’m really looking forward to the season and hopefully we can surprise a few people.”

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The New Zealand and Cook Islands international will add plenty of versatility to Tony Smith’s side, with him being comfortable playing in the back-row, centres or halves.

Takairangi said: “For the last week and a half I’ve been playing back-row, in the halves and in the centres.

“I’ve been training in those three spots but for me it is about getting used to how everyone plays, learning our plays and our sets.

“I’m just a footy player so I will pretty much play any position wherever Tony needs me but I’ve just been mixing in those three positions over the last couple of weeks.”

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