“Embarrassed” Hudgell slams “dishonest” Hull KR stars

Outspoken Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell has labelled his side’s 2014 campaign as “dismal” and has blamed the players for underperforming and lacking discipline.

Although they finished ninth, the Robins rarely looked liked making the play-offs and endured some embarrassing off-field incidents, including the sacking of both Jonny Walker and Wayne Ulugia.

Other low points included a 28-0 drubbing in the final Hull derby, and the sacking of coach Craig Sandercock in June.

“At times, I was embarrassed, especially after the last derby and away at Castleford when we shipped 50 points,” Hudgell told the Hull Daily Mail.

“We had poor luck with injuries and some tough calls, but 90 per cent of the blame for not performing falls at the door of the playing group.

“Once you have half a dozen players who cut corners, are not prepared to sacrifice going out on the drink, and not do the extras, you are going to be in bother.

“Two players left during the year for disciplinary reasons, three more were disciplined, that says it all.

“I have to say there was some dishonesty within the playing group last year.

“We actually rewarded failure last year. Weekends off were given after the loss in round one of the cup, and again at the end of the year, when players disappeared before the play-off series began. That won’t happen again.

“We want to see a team with the same ethic and attitude as the supporters.

“With a new coach, backroom staff, full salary cap, and a new competition structure, I’m confident we can re-ignite the passion of the fans and move our club forward again.”