Brad Takairangi unconcerned with Hull KR’s wooden spoon and keen to have impact

Ignorance is bliss for Hull KR’s new signing Brad Takairangi – who had no idea the Robins finished rock bottom of Super League last season.

The 31-year-old Cook Islands international is one of four new NRL signings made by coach Tony Smith as he looks for major improvements in 2021.

And the former Parramatta, Gold Coast and Sydney Roosters centre or back rower insists he arrived with no preconceptions of Rovers’ standing on this side of the world.

“I didn’t even know that we finished last until I got over here,” Takairangi said. “I saw the recruits that they’d signed – Korbin Sims, Albert Vete, Ryan Hall – plus some of the boys that are already here, and it was really exciting for me.

“I don’t watch too much Super League. I watched half of the Grand Final and that’s probably the only game I saw last year. I didn’t do my research, but I didn’t need to once I spoke to Tony and a few of the boys and heard the coach’s vision.

“They might have finished last last year, but we’re looking forward to changing a few perceptions of us. I want to come over here, be a leader and help build this club up where it deserves to be.”

Takairangi also believes the Robins will thrive on being overlooked. He added: “I love that everyone’s writing us off – nobody’s giving us a chance which is awesome.

“The only thing that matters is the people in our organisation and we’ve been ripping into training. I’m really looking forward to the season and am hoping we can surprise a few people.”

Landing in England has also allowed Takairangi to catch up with his friend and former Roosters team-mate Mose Masoe for the first time since his devastating spinal injury in January last year.

Now he wants to help the fund-raising push for Masoe to support him beyond rugby league once his Rovers contract expires at the end of the year.

Takairangi said: “He came in on on Tuesday and I was buzzing, I hadn’t seen him for eight years maybe. Just to see him, and see him in such good spirits and looking healthy and fit, was awesome. To see his big smile and have a chat with him was great.

“If there’s anything we can do as players we’re willing to help him. Once restrictions open hopefully we can get some dinners organised to raise money for him.”

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