Parcell extends Robins stay

14 May 2022

Parcell extends Robins stay

Hull KR have confirmed Matt Parcell has signed a new two-year deal with the club that will see the 29-year-old stay at Sewell Group Craven Park until the end of 2024.

Joining the Robins midway through 2019, Parcell made an immediate impact on his debut scoring the match-winning try in KR’s 18-10 derby win over Hull FC.

Since then, the Queensland-born hooker has become a firm fans’ favourite known for his blistering pace out of dummy-half in addition to his tenacious drive in attack and defence.

A key part of the Robins’ spine, the club fought off interest from NRL clubs to secure the 2017 Grand Final winner’s services for the next two seasons. 

Parcell joins Kane Linnett and Elliot Minchella in signing on for 2023 and beyond as Hull KR looks to continue its progression on the field with the announcement of Willie Peters as the club’s new head coach until the end of 2025.

Speaking on his new two-year deal, Parcell was excited to be staying in Red and White for two more years: “The club’s been brilliant to me since I’ve been here. The group of guys we have, it’s a joy coming to training and getting to play with them every week. I’m really enjoying where I’m at.

“I had a really good chat with Willie Peters the other day, it was good to speak to him on how he doesn’t want to change too much about my game and how he wants the team to play. He’ll have his spin on it and then add what he wants from the team.

“He (Peters) really enjoys my running game and he wants to keep that going, that’s a big thing for me. I think that’s when I play my best and what I excel at, that’s where Tony (Smith) has been brilliant with me too.

“The last couple of years have been quite tough with covid and not seeing the family for a while. But, after speaking to Willie (Peters) I was really excited by the chat and his vision for the team so that made my decision a lot easier.

“Since I’ve started at the club, it’s progressed a lot on and off the field. I think to continue to be part of that is brilliant. I think going into last year we weren’t a team many were thinking would be at the top of the table. But, internally we were really confident. It’s a really good group of guys, we all play for each other and we all love each other’s company. 

While we’ve made a lot of progress on the field, off the field has been just as strong. The club’s in a really good spot and the fans are awesome, they deserve success and hopefully, we can bring that."

Chief Executive, Paul Lakin added: “Matt has played an integral part of our progress over the last couple of seasons and he’s an important player in our continued development. There was genuine NRL interest, so we are delighted that Matt has committed to a further two years.”