Last season placing: 9th

It was a disappointing season for Hull KR last year as they failed to finish in the top eight but finishing above local rivals Hull FC will have taken the sting away from missing the play-offs to a certain extent. This year however, they cannot afford to miss out again as they will be fighting for their top flight future in the super 8’s if they finish in the bottom four. That is something coach Chris Chester is fully aware of as he has strengthened the squad ready for the start of the New Era with a host of NRL stars joining the Super League outfit. Robins fans are right to be optimistic as they head into 2015 and they will be well on their way to finishing in the top eight, given that the long list of new recruits can gel into the current squad and hit the ground running come round one of the 2015 Super League season.

Key Players:

The acquisition of NRL stars Maurice Blair, Albert Kelly and Terry Campese shows the ambition of coach Chester for the 2015 season. All three are exciting halfbacks with experience of playing at the top level in Australia and if Kelly can keep his injury woes at bay he can be a deadly weapon in attack. Add to that the experience of former Super League champions Ryan Bailey and Darrell Goulding then Hull KR have the men to take them forward this year.

Drawbacks:

Losing half back partners Kris Keating and Travis Burns means that the team will have to get used to playing off the back of a new pair of halves yet Blair and Kelly played together at the Gold Coast Titans so it will hopefully be a seamless transition. They will hurt the most at hooker though as England International Josh Hodgson has left to tackle the NRL with Canberra Raiders and his guidance around the field will be sorely missed.

Story of 2015:

KR’s season could go one of two ways. They could end up like the Salford Red Devils of last season and struggle to gel until late in the season. By then it will be too late to avoid a relegation scrap with four Championship sides desperate to break into the elite of Super League. Or they could become a top eight side who could pick up some big scalps along the way with their exciting new look squad. Robins’ fans will be hoping it is the latter.

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My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL