Ryan Bailey: Hull KR prop excited for fresh start after Leeds exit

Ryan Bailey
Ryan Bailey appeared in 18 finals for Leeds Rhinos

Experienced prop Ryan Bailey has said he is excited about making a fresh start at Hull KR after ending his 14-year spell at Leeds Rhinos.

Bailey, 31, signed a two-year deal with the Robins in October after making 313 appearances for the Rhinos.

The ex-England international is a doubt for Sunday's season opener against his old side with an Achilles injury.

"I'm enjoying it and I think it will bring the best from me," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

"I was at Leeds for a long time but I think I needed a change and I think I can become a leader here. I'm excited for the season.

"We've got a new team but we've become a tight-knit group already and I think we can surprise some teams."

Bailey is hopeful that he can help his new team-mates get a result on Sunday, even if he can not get on the pitch.

"I'll be pushing to be fit but I won't go out there if I'm not 100% fit. There's a chance," he said.

"Leeds like to start quick and they'll look to blow us away. The coach has been picking my brain a little bit and I have put my hand up to try and help as best as I can."