Jordan Abdull had no hesitation in committing his future to Hull KR despite interest from other clubs.

The half-back’s current two-year deal expires at the end of the year and he was briefly on the open market as Rovers finalised his contract extension.

When the new deal was put on the table towards the end of last week, it did not take long for Abdull to extend his stay at Craven Park until at least the end of 2024.

“I had a little bit of interest but as soon as KR came in and made their intentions clear I went tunnel vision,” he told Hull Live.

“I knew that was what I wanted to do already but to have that clarification so early on into the season shows they’re happy with what I’m doing.

“I’m just excited to sign the deal so early so I can relax and carry on playing rugby.”

Tying down their chief playmaker was one of KR’s most important tasks as the transfer market opened last week.

Abdull says the early agreement is a statement of intent.

“That’s the point we were trying to make as a club and as a player,” he added.

“To get it done so early shows the club is going in the right direction and that I believe in it.

“It also shows that they’re standing by what they want to recruit which is a bit of experience from some older boys but also bringing through the locals and tying them down to long contracts so it gives them time to develop and build a team around what we’ve produced.

“I think it’s good intent from both parties.”

Abdull becomes the first off-contract player to sign a contract extension, offsetting the blow of George Lawler’s impending departure.

Rovers have been active during the early stages of the season, agreeing a new long-term contract with Jez Litten and pursuing ambitious targets such as Toby King.

Toby King during the game against Hull FC
Toby King during the game against Hull FC

The club’s proactivity and ambition is creating excitement in the dressing room.

“It’s always good for players who are even already contracted at the club to know some of the people that are staying but also some of the calibre of players that we’re trying to sign,” said Abdull.

“It does create a buzz. For the people who are off contract it always gives them that little bit more grit between the teeth to want to be part of what Hull KR are trying to build at the minute.

“I think it can only be a good thing to show intent but also to show the calibre of talent that we’re trying to bring to the club.”

Abdull’s new contract is his reward for a fine run of form that has seen him storm up the Man of Steel leaderboard.

The fact that Tony Smith – a coach who likes to take a good look at a player before making a commitment – has made an early decision only adds to Abdull’s belief.

“It does, especially in my position,” he said.

“It’s sort of the devil’s advocate where when you’re not playing well it’s normally your half-backs’ fault.

Jordan Abdull of Hull KR is tackled short of the line
Jordan Abdull of Hull KR is tackled short of the line

“For him to want to commit to me for another three years and so early on into the season shows the faith that he’s got in me but also the belief that he’s given me.

“I just hope I can repay the faith with some good performances and carry on the season how I’ve started.”

Abdull’s importance to Rovers was underlined in the first month of the season, with the club’s improved form coinciding with his own.

The 25-year-old feels like he is in a good place at the moment and is excited about where he could take his game during the next few years at Craven Park.

“There’s obviously parts of my game that I’d like to be better at,” he said. “I haven’t really ran the ball as well as I could do.

“But there’s other aspects of my game that I’m really pleased with. I think our left edge has been really dangerous and we’re building some good combinations there.

“My kicking game has been more or less pretty good. There was only the Saints game where I felt like I couldn’t kick the ball right at all.

“I’m pleased with how I’m going but I’m confident there’s more to come, which is exciting.

“Tony backs me all the way and is the first person to say to me that there’s still more to come from me.

“But the impact I’m having on games is so good that when I do hit top form it’s going to take me to a different level.”