JAMES Greenwood is eagerly looking forward to a return to the Betfred Super League after Hull KR won promotion.
The 26-year-old, who was raised in Scouthead, was also relieved his team claimed outright promotion and didn’t have to endure the Million Poud Game.
Hull KR were relegated after losing the Million Pound Game in 2016 by a golden point to Salford as they went down 19-18.
James, a prop or second-row forward, said: “I was injured for that game and nobody wanted to go through that again. It was not nice preparing for a game that had so much resting on it.
“You knew that as a result of the game you had or didn’t have a job as many of the teams relegated don’t run full-time outfits so your livelihood depends on what happens in those 80 minutes.
“Luckily Hull KR stayed full time after being relegated and we managed to win back our Super League place at the first attempt.”
James, who made 19 appearances and scored five tries in the promotion winning campaign, described the emotions of the campaign.
He continued: “It was probably the most memorable season of my career, but also one of the toughest.
“That was down to the pressure and the expectation of winning promotion that we have to deliver.”
James, who began his professional career at Wigan Warriors, joined Hull KR in 2015, initially on loan.
And in the season just ended, James reached the milestone of 100 games in professional rugby, something he was unaware of until told by the Independent.
James believes the future is bright for Hull KR, saying: “We have beaten and been competitive against Super League teams this season so I don’t think we will need to recruit too many players.
“We have a great coach in Tim Sheens who has coached for 700 games.”
James, who went to Knowsley Primary and Saddleworth School, began his playing days at Saddleworth Rangers.
Meanwhile, younger brother Joe, 24, has just completed his first season in Australia’s NRL with Gold Coast Titans.
Though they finished next to bottom in the league, Joe scored the club’s try of the season – his first for the club – against Cronulla Sharks.
James, who speaks to his brother most days, said: “Joe has absolutely loved it in Australia – who wouldn’t living by the beach on the Gold Coast.
“He was nervous going out and never expected to play as many games as he did, but his team has had a lot of injuries.
“And it was nice for the Pommie, as they call him, to score the club’s try of the season.”