Top eight is achievable, insists Chris Chester

Hull KR coach Chris Chester has praised his new-look squad for the way they have bought into pre-season so far in anticipation of the new season.

Although the Robins reached Wembley and the final of the Challenge Cup in 2015, they ultimately failed to make the top eight and were consigned to competing in The Qualifiers throughout the second part of the season.

They retained their Super League status though, and ahead of the 2016 campaign, Chester says he’s really impressed with what he’s seen so far.

Crucially, Chester also insisted that the top eight is the “priority” for KR – and says it’s a more than achievable goal.

“We’ve freshened things up behind the scenes and it’s fair to say the players have noticed a big difference compared to last season. They’re really buying into the new things we’re doing,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s been a big help having some continuity in the squad from last season but the new guys have all settled in really well too.

“We’ve brought the right kind of players into the club. Jamie (Peacock) has helped with that as well and we’ve identified not only good players but good people as well.

“We feel that the players we’ve brought in will certainly add to this already strong squad and no doubt about it we want to finish in the top eight next season. That’s the priority and it’s certainly very achievable.”