Tony Smith has informed the players who will miss out for Hull KR against Warrington Wolves and is pleased with the way they have reacted to being omitted.

The Australian has confirmed most - if not all - of the 11 available off-contract players will get a game, which should mean opportunities for the likes of Matty Gee and Kyle Trout.

Rovers are close to full strength for the clash with Warrington on Saturday, meaning some established players are likely to miss out at Headingley.

“There’s one or two I need to finalise as to who’s starting but most of the 17 know who they are,” Smith said during Wednesday's virtual press conference.

“I think I’ve got all the off-contract guys in or pretty close to. What I’m saying to them is they will get a fair opportunity if they deserve to. They’ve all trained well and all deserve it at the moment.

“The boys who are on contract have got some understanding of that too. They’re being supportive.

“I know every one of my players would have loved to have been selected this week because it’s been so long but the guys who have missed out are actually in acceptance of being left out.”

George Lawler played at prop out of necessity during the club’s injury crisis in the early part of the year and may continue in that role.

Wherever he plays, Smith believes Lawler and the other mobile forwards in his pack could thrive under the new rules against bigger opponents.

“He’ll be there or thereabouts, whether he’s front row or loose forward,” the Rovers head coach replied when asked if Lawler would play at prop.

“I’m not sure what the difference is sometimes nowadays. I know he can play on the edge as well if we need him on the edge. But he’ll be one of those middle people in the coming weeks.

“He’s in good shape and I’m hoping that the rules changes suit some of our pack in that respect.

“A few big guys blew up pretty bad last week. One in the heat and also with the rules.

“It might go our way. We’ll see. I think we’re expecting a bit of heat this week as well and it may test a few big people out.”

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Rovers started the season with Jordan Abdull at loose forward, only for the 24-year-old to suffer an injury in the opening game against Wakefield Trinity.

Whether Smith goes with a playmaker at loose forward or not, the Australian expects his 13 to be able to move the ball.

“It’s horses for courses,” said Smith.

“I don’t care what position they are, I like people to be able to pass the ball and put skill on.

“I’ve challenged a few of my boys to add offloads to their games and some variety to their runs and how they go about things.

“They’ve been very active in trying to put those things into training. I’m hoping they’re active in putting some of those things into games.

“I’m hoping we can play an attractive style of rugby league over the coming weeks.”