Derek Beaumont delivers Hull KR Amsterdam verdict and reveals Leigh Leopards' overseas proposals

Leigh Leopards owner Derek Beaumont hopes Hull KR's Netherlands venture proves successful, but has admitted he'd rather put his own focus on exhausting everything a little closer to home. The Robins will head to Amsterdam next year for a pre-season friendly against York Knights as part of a venture they hope will expand their brand across Europe.

Beaumont does a regular question and answer session on the club's YouTube channel, and following the announcement of Rovers' overseas trip, he was asked whether the Leopards club would be interested in a similar trip. In his response, Beaumont revealed the club had received offers themselves.

"We've been approached actually," he said. "We were approached by Perth to do something with them. We've been approached by a rugby league team in New York that we were discussing things with.

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"It's a good story that, what Hull KR are doing. I suppose everything has to start somewhere, but I'm a bit of a realist and I think channel your energy and things; will it get growth and support in Holland? Hopefully. Anything that broadens the spectrum of the game and the people engage with it, then yeah.

"I think personally, I want to concentrate on our efforts with other clubs through Suiper League+ in areas. I liken it to when we started doing something with AB Sundecks in France and we were putting so much time and energy into something so far from us when we hadn't capitalised on things closer to us. If we've got everything we can here and in and around the UK, I'd look and say we have players in PNG. What can we do there? Areas we've got connections with already, and when they're fully exhausted, I'd look at new areas."

He added: "That's in no way a criticism of it; I think it's fantastic to get out there, but I'd probably more like to go somewhere like PNG and play a game. I'd like to play Leeds Rhinos in South Africa and see what appetite there is from rugby union people over there to watch flamboyant, fast-paced rugby league. They're the things on my back burner."