Hull KR: Challenge Cup run boosted club's finances

Hull KR
Hull KR were beaten 50-0 by Leeds Rhinos in the Challenge Cup final in August

Hull KR's run to the Challenge Cup final gave them a financial boost in a sport which relies on donations, according to chairman Neil Hudgell.

The Robins lost 50-0 to Leeds Rhinos in August's Wembley showpiece.

"It filled a bit of a black hole. If you can budget for a cup final appearance every year then you will be in a far more comfortable position," Hudgell told BBC Radio Humberside.

"Our finances are ok in context to how they've been in the last 10 years."

He continued: "It is always a struggle because it's not a cash-rich game and you are always reliant on owner donations."

Chris Chester's side finished top of The Qualifiers after finishing ninth in Super League last season.

The club have added former Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock to their backroom staff as football manager and Hudgell believes the 37-year-old can help bring a winning culture to the club.

Jamie Peacock
Jamie Peacock helped Leeds Rhinos to the treble in his final season as a player

"He is a proven winner and he's going to hopefully help us build a culture and offer Chris some support," Hudgell said.

"He's got goals and objectives around building levels of professionalism and being involved with the academy and recruitment."

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