New Hull KR CEO to focus on recruitment

New Hull KR CEO, Paul Lakin, is focusing on recruitment as the Super League club dust themselves down from a turbulent season.


After ending their Super League season three games early because of an increase of covid cases, new Hull KR chief executive Paul Lakin is hoping to bounce back. Utilising his wealth of knowledge and experience of working in football at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City.

Lakin has taken over the running of the club from chairman Neill Hudgell. Speaking in today’s press conference Lakin is confident that the club has the potential to be successful but slight improvements in terms of leadership and structure is needed, creating a clear philosophy throughout the club.

The 2020 season has been nothing but despair for the club finishing 11th only managing three wins out of 17. However, Lakin is hoping to bring in new recruits from overseas while focusing on youth talent to improve results.

“I’m not going to put places in the league or targets”

With 12 years of experience, mainly football based, Lakin has been able to learn from working under previous chief executives and believes not much will surprise him during his new role. Lakin aims to adopt a more measured approach to operations, while analysing the current situation and striving to achieve long-term goals.

Lakin acknowledges his new role is long-term, aiming to improve on the performance of the previous year, taking small and measurable steps to achieve steady progress. Although, strategy is key for all departments, Lakin said, as he commented on his time at Wolves hoping to adopt the same principle at Hull KR.

The addition of Danny McGuire will help bolster the squad in terms of recruitment of players. As he will be a huge asset to the club, according to Lakin, having impressed the new chief executive thus far. Highlighting his enthusiasm for the game, as the two will be working closely together to form a strong starting thirteen to tackle next season.

McGuire has been presenting an array of ideas to help move the club forwards, Lakin adds. Providing a rugby perspective from his wealth of knowledge and experience after his playing days at Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR.

Lakin concluded saying he would be happy with steady progress, year in year out, as he firmly believes other aspects will fall into place. However, he intends to provide hope to fans over the forthcoming months to maintain their loyalty and trust through his actions on recruitment with a focus on experience and quality. Thus, providing encouragement to fans considering their poor performance this season.

Author: James Parker



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