Rel­e­ga­tion is more than just feel­ing a bit down

Daily Mirror - - SPORT - JAMIE PEA­COCK

HULL KR’s re­turn to Su­per League is a great achieve­ment – but rel­e­ga­tion has im­pli­ca­tions that must be ad­dressed.

The main one is that play­ers’ con­tracts are cur­rently null and void the minute their club drops out of the top flight, leav­ing them job­less overnight.

A lot of play­ers still got deals at Hull KR or other clubs, but I’ve been forced to say, ‘We haven’t a con­tract for you’ and it’s not nice.

An ex­am­ple of that last year was Kevin Lar­royer, who ended up with noth­ing un­til Castle­ford picked him up months later.

Play­ers can go from a very good in­come to noth­ing overnight – and there are very few full-time play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in this coun­try.

I would like to see a rule im­ple­mented that guar­an­tees a player 50 per cent of his Su­per League con­tract for another year. That op­tion would be avail­able to the player for a month af­ter rel­e­ga­tion and al­low him to look else­where, af­ter which both par­ties can walk away if they wanted.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pro­mo­tion by beat­ing Widnes last week (left) was the op­po­site in emo­tions from rel­e­ga­tion in the Mil­lion Pound Game a year ear­lier.

It went from tears of des­per­a­tion to cry­ing for joy for some play­ers.

I felt more sub­dued be­cause I know another Su­per League club is go­ing to be go­ing through the same tur­moil soon and I re­mem­ber how that felt.

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