'Massive change' Jack Brown's first Hull KR impressions amid dad's delight

Jack Brown with his family after making his Hull KR debut.
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He's a boyhood Robin but Jack Brown reckons his dream move to Hull KR will be enjoyed by someone more than himself—his dad. Brown secured a permanent move to the club last week after the two Hull clubs agreed to a swap deal that saw Yusuf Aydin move the other way.

The prop had already agreed to cross the city at the end of the season. However, he got a debut much earlier than he bargained for after wearing the red and white against Warrington Wolves last Thursday, less than a week after playing the Black and Whites at the same ground.

After the game, Brown was able to enjoy the experience with his family, who are Rovers supporters. And among them was his dad, who has been an avid follower of the side, even while his son was playing for the enemy.

"People say I'm emotionless," Brown said. "But it was really good to see all my family there after the game. Obviously, the result didn't go our way, which is disappointing, but it was a really good feeling walking over to my mum and dad, giving them a hug.

"My dad has been following Rovers throughout anyway, so he'd have been here regardless. My dad is probably more proud than me; it's happened so quickly that I've genuinely not had time to process it and think about it.

"It was a mad week. I got told on Thursday that it was my last game for FC and it all happened so quick that I've not had chance to think about it really. All the staff at KR have welcomed me with open arms, and the boys have been great with me. I felt settled after one day."

Brown feels like a change of scenery will benefit him. After an excellent 2022 season at the MKM Stadium, he has struggled to discover the same level of form. However, he believes Craven Park will deliver the environment he needs to take his game to a new level.

"It will be really good for my career," he said. "I hit a bit of a point where I didn't progress the way I wanted to, so I'm hoping I can come here and do that. Sometimes you need that change, and hopefully, this is it. The future will tell us more, I'm hoping for good things here.

"It's been a massive change to FC, the way stuff is run. It's been a short turnaround, we haven't been going mad on the field but I'll be getting beasted this week, especially with being cup-tied and stuff."

And during his week away from match preparation, the 24-year-old has plenty of homework to get on with as he gets used to his new team's style of play.

"It's a little bit different but everyone plays the same plays just with different names," he said. "I've been on the iPad studying them like a nerd for the past few days, but I don't think I got any of the plays wrong on Thursday.

"I don't mind the studying, I've no choice at the minute, but I like reviewing performance to see where I can improve."

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