Hull FC don’t need new signings, but continuity only good if trophies keep coming

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Hull FC don’t need new signings, but continuity only good if trophies keep coming

It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but the results keep on coming for Hull FC and when you’re chasing the top-four dream, that is all that matters.

Full credit to Widnes, who put in a good effort against a Hull side not at their best – yet FC still found a way to win.

It was by no means a vintage performance but it didn’t need to be, as the victory was the important aspect at the end of the day.

Jake Connor was influential for me, and what a few weeks it has been. Making your England debut and signing a new deal at your club, does it get much better than that?

If you’d said at the start of the season that Connor was England material you’d have said he had potential, but he’s earned his spot well and truly.

Not only is he the form player for Hull, he’s the form player in the whole of Super League for me. Another telling performance against Widnes proved how vital he is to the FC machine.

There is little wonder that Lee Radford was keen to keep his current star-man at the club. But it was also interesting to hear his views on recruitment for next year.



NEW HULL FC SIGNING: Lewis Bienek.

NEW HULL FC SIGNING: Lewis Bienek.

Though the Black and Whites will bring Lewis Bienek into the system for 2019 from London Broncos, that may signal the door closing after his arrival.

Radford said there will be no new faces coming in for next season. You can look at his comments one of three ways.

The first is that what that does for confidence in the younger players within the team. The likes of Brad Fash and Masimbaashe Matongo are becoming regulars in the side and that bodes well for their future, with Radford not looking externally to bolster his pack, for example.

Secondly, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? There’s nothing that Hull are crying out for. They’ve resigned Connor on a new deal, Albert Kelly is staying on at the club and there are just a few out-of-contract players whose futures are as yet undecided.

The third, and probably most unlikely point, is that could Radford be frustrated at not being able to bring somebody externally in? Possibly, but when you offer new and improved contracts to your best players, such as Connor, it limits what you can do in a salary-cap centric sport.



Sika Manu tries to power over for Hull FC against Widnes Vikings

Sika Manu tries to power over for Hull FC against Widnes Vikings

His hands are tied somewhat by the club’s budgets but for me, Radford won’t be concerned one iota at his inability to bring fresh blood in. He’s got a team firing on most cylinders with key individuals still to return.

I’d much rather have the continuity in the side rather than chopping and changing a team year on year – and I’m inclined to think Radford thinks the same.

Onto Huddersfield on Thursday night, and I’m certainly expecting a backlash from the Giants following their ‘blip’ against Hull KR last week. It was Huddersfield’s first real slip-up under new coach Simon Woolford and they’ll be firing come Thursday.

Like Widnes, it’s another match Hull can ill-afford to lose and whilst the Giants need to win to keep their top-eight hopes alive, I can’t see anything but an FC victory.

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