Robbie Mulhern is not planning on holding back as he looks to cement his place at Hull KR.
The 21-year old is an off-season signing for the Robins after making the move from Leeds Rhinos where he made just four appearances.
The Ireland international is set to get minutes against Huddersfield Giants in Rovers’ first pre-season game, and Mulhern is determined to make a lasting impression on Chris Chester ahead of the new season.
“I can’t wait for the first friendly and I just hope I get some good minutes in me,” Mulhern told the Hull Daily Mail.
“I need to go out there and not hold myself back. I know I must earn the respect of my team-mates firstly but I want to become one of the best players on the park.”
Mulhern believes that coming up against a physical forward pack that the Giants possess will stand both himself, and the rest of the Hull KR squad, in good stead coming into their Super League opener against Castleford Tigers.
“Huddersfield are a really strong side to face in pre-season. They’ll be wanting to challenge for titles this time around so it’ll be good to face that sort of team and give us a good test,” he said.
“It’ll stand me in good stead for the rest of the season, so I’ll have to give a good account of myself against Huddersfield and FC next week too. Then I’ll be aiming for a spot against Castleford Tigers in round one.”
Rovers have strengthened once more in the off-season, and will be looking to improve on their 2015 showing, and Mulhern insists that these pre-season games are the chance to build relationships in their strong looking squad.
“I think as we get playing the games we’ll work out between the pairings what is working, but there’s still time for those relationships to develop,” he said.
“Everything is going in the right direction. I don’t really think there’s a weak link in the team whatsoever, but we’ll all have to be right up there when we get the chance to impress. Even though they’re friendlies, we all want to give our best, especially in the city rivalry and we want the bragging rights.”