Tim Sheens says no longer having to fit square pegs in round holes will be a significant advantage for Hull KR in their late push for the top-eight.
Playing many members of his squad out of position has been a case of necessity for Sheens, with the issue a familiar theme of the campaign so far.
Able to recall key men such as Danny McGuire and others to the side for the 37-10 victory over Huddersfield Giants on Friday night, Sheens saw the likes of Chris Atkin and James Greenwood revert to their preferred roles of half-back and second-row respectively, as opposed to hooker and centre.
Injuries had decimated KR earlier in the year but now that the Robins are able to call upon the likes of McGuire and Shaun Lunt once more, Sheens is seeing a huge benefit of having pivotal players featuring in their preferred positions.
“The wingers have changed a lot this year, but we now have the hookers at nine and our halves at six and seven and it’s massive,” said Sheens.
“Justin Carney is still a few weeks away and the left-edge hasn’t been consistent all year. Junior Vaivai has been the only consistent one coming into the side, really!
“But at least we’ve managed to get Greenwood back to second row now, and with Danny, Lunty and Tommy Lee all back we’re able to see players in their preferred roles.”