Robbie Mulhern admits he is devastated to see some of his good mates leave Hull KR but insists he is loving life at the club and remains excited about next season.
The Robins announced the departures of nine players on Tuesday evening including Chris Clarkson, Ben Kavanagh, Danny Tickle, James Donaldson, Brad Clavering, Kieren Moss, Jordan Walne, Liam Salter and Matty Marsh.
Mulhern has been through a lot with most of them having suffered relegation in 2016, earned promotion a year later before securing KR’s Super League status this season.
But the England Knights forward acknowledges the club’s position and the need to add quality and cut down the numbers in the squad.
Whilst he’s disappointed to see some of his friends leave, the 23-year-old believes if Rovers add some quality the 2019 season can be a bright one.
“I was pretty devastated to see them leaving,” Mulhern told the Mail. “I’ve formed really good friendships with them, especially with all of the ones who were there when we got promotion. That’s a memory I will have forever.
“Hopefully they find new clubs and succeed in whatever they want to do. People leaving is the biggest downside of sport but you just have to move with it.
“We will have to draw a line under it and we probably do need some new players in. That’s essential at the end of every season. A few new faces will freshen the team up and you’ve just got to sort of get on with it really. Hopefully the people we bring in are as good as the boys we’ve had to let go.”
Whilst others may be leaving, Mulhern is contracted for the long-term at KR until the end of the 2021 season.
The former Leeds Rhinos prop has found a home from home at KCOM Craven Park and insists he is excited by what the future holds.
“I have got another three years here personally and I’m delighted about that. The first year wasn’t the best with relegation but the last two have been great,” Mulhern continued.
“I’m loving my time at the club and I’m really happy. Hopefully the team can kick on and move further up the table and I can keep improving on a personal level.”
Mulhern was speaking ahead of KR’s charity shirt launch, with the new kit set to be worn next year as Rovers commemorate the Armistice centenary.
Mulhern added: “I’ve modelled the shirt for the want of a better word. It’s great and the supporters will love it. Hopefully it’s something everyone can connect with and get behind.”
The jersey is on sale now priced at £49 for adults and £42 for children.