The 30 year-old has played for both sides in Hull, having played for the Airlie Birds between 2002-2009, whilst currently plying his trade at Rovers since 2012.
Horne says that after underwhelming seasons in recent years, both clubs owe it to the city and the supporters of both teams to reward them with success in 2016.
“It’s great for the city that we have both clubs competing,” Horne told the Hull Daily Mail.
“Obviously if both teams can get near that top-four it’ll be even better for the city. It will get that buzz back.”
Rovers take on Hull FC in a pre-season friendly this weekend, with critics saying that the city rivals are playing each other too often in recent seasons.
Despite acknowledging the higher amount of derby clashes, Horne admits that the games later in the season could carry huge importance and that should hopefully build excitement in Hull.
“I think a lot of people have their queries on the derbies this year because there’s so many,” he said.
“But if we were both up in the top-eight, we would not be complaining one bit. It would be all for the top-four. If we can both challenge for honours, it would be great for the city.”