Rovers have had a fantastic season in the Championship, and have won promotion back to the promised land of the Super League.
Many of the squad have had a very good season, but who could be in the running for the Player of the Season award at the end of the season…
Our captain. What a season Lunty has had. He has got the team going forward on occasion after occasion throughout the season, and has kept Rovers on the straight and narrow, especially in games which Rovers are expected to win. He has scored 9 crucial tries this season aswell, including a brace away at Leigh in the Middle 8s to win the game and pretty much secure Rovers’ place in Super League for next season. Lunt is probably the most influential figure in the team, and is definitely a fan favourite. Everyone around the club loves him. He always has time for the fans, and spends lots of time after every game thanking the fans for their continued support. I think due to his popularity off the field, he may well just win the award.
The Australian has had a brilliant season for the Robins, scoring 17 tries. He came to England from Penrith with not much experience, so the Rovers fans were unsure as to what to expect. He has however been fantastic. He scored 2 tries on his debut against Bradford on the opening day of the season, and hasn’t looked back since. He scored another brace in his first appearance at the Summer Bash in Rovers’ narrow 20-19 win against the Bulls. Rovers fans don’t just like Heffernan because of his finishing, but his effort in defence has been exceptional as well. Another fans favourite, and could be a fantastic player in the long run for Hull Kingston Rovers.
The loan signing of Abdull from neighbours Hull FC has been a successful one for both sides. Rovers have benefited from Abdull’s experience in the halves, with him and Jamie Ellis forming quite a formidable partnership. Abdull has chipped in with 12 tries this year, which from stand-off is a fair achievement. His kicking game this year has been very strong, and has even been played in the centres on occasion by Tim Sheens. The loan deal has also been a good one for Hull FC since Abdull will come back fitter and stronger, on the back of nearly a year of game time, which is just what the doctor ordered. Despite his links to Rovers’ bitter rivals, the fans have appreciated his efforts this season.
Scruton, like Lunt, is a player with lots of experience, which has been invaluable throughout the course of this season. He, alongside his pack, have dominated so many teams this season, allowing the backs to blow them out the water. The ex-Wakefield, Leeds and Hull FC man has also popped up with a 4 tries this season, including a brace against Bradford in the first game of the season. Scruton has arguably been one of the best forwards in the Championship this season, and will be valuable in the Super League campaign to come next year. He is another strong candidate for the Player of the Year award, and for us, he certainly comes close.
If you were to ask any Rovers fan if they were panicking when it was announced that Josh Mantellato is leaving, 9 out of ten of them would’ve said yes. Young Ryan Shaw though has been a brilliant replacement. Shaw has been Rovers’ top tryscorer this season, with 23 tries, including back to back hat-tricks against Batley and against Swinton. He has though scored 3 hat-tricks, touching down 3 times against Dewsbury as well. Although he’s had a brilliant season in attack, like Heffernan, his defence has also improved massively since his move from Bradford 2 years ago. His game has developed tenfold and is always reliable, and is only going to get better as his career goes on. He is another fans favourite, and will continue to be if he carries on scoring the way he has done this season.