Reporter Paul Clarke looks at some of the most compelling quotes related to Hull FC from 2018.
‘He’s a smoking gun’
We start with coach Lee Radford and it’s no surprise he appears on this list four times. The Hull FC coach is always good for a quote or two and he started off the year with a bang when analysing new signing Bureta Faraimo’s club debut in the friendly win over Catalans Dragons in January.
“He’s a smoking gun for sure, he’s not a water pistol,” Radford told Hull Live. “I said when we signed him he is very similar (to Mahe Fonua). If you look at his metres made today he’ll be there or thereabouts with Fonua’s numbers as well.”
‘I’m perfect with how I am off the field’
Things took a turn for the Black and Whites in March when they sold Liam Watts to Castleford Tigers and cited ‘off-field issues’ as the reasoning behind their willingness to part with the prop. Watts vehemently denied that when speaking to the press after his unveiling.
“I’m perfect with how I am off the field,” Watts explained at Castleford’s pre-match press conference.
“It’s just comments that have been made and nobody knows otherwise. Go and ask him (Radford) what he thinks my off-field issues are, but between me and you guys, there’s no off-field issues.”
Hull boss takes responsibility for gambles gone wrong
Radford was very forthright and to the point during the back end of the season and especially after the heavy defeats to Wakefield Trinity and Warrington Wolves. FC gambled on players who had knocks ahead of facing Wakefield and Radford insisted he should take the flak for the 72-10 loss.
“Look, I’ll take full responsibility that defeat,” Radford told Hull Live. “I rolled the dice with four or five players today in terms of fitness but clearly you could see that they weren’t quite ready to come back and compete at that level.
“I felt that we had nothing left to lose essentially and the season was on the line. That’s what I said before, during and after to the players. Where we sit in the table was the reason for the risk.”
Pearson labels Warrington defeat unacceptable
Shortly after the 80-10 hammering at Warrington, FC owner Adam Pearson issued a stinging attack on his players and suggested some would be moved on, while he stated the club had a new plan to bring in new bodies ahead of 2019.
“Thursday night, in fact the last two months of the season have been totally unacceptable for the club and the supporters,” Pearson told Hull Live.
“We had seven key players missing on Thursday night and we will now be adding three or four proper signings, not youth players, so that come January we will have 10 or 11 players to go back into what will fundamentally be our best team.
“We are going to move some players out and bring some new ones in and completely refresh the squad. We will move players on who we feel have let the club down over the past two months.”
Radford honesty after Warrington hammering
In the week following the aftermath of the defeat at Warrington, Radford came out swinging and insisted he and the club would battle through the storm.
“I’ve been here before,” Radford told Hull Live. “The same people wanted me out then, the same people patted me on the back when I picked the cup up and the same people probably want me out again now. That’s sport.
“The same people will be patting us on the back in 2019. This group of players have shown when they’re on the field what they’re capable of.
“My skin is like a rhino now. A Stanley knife wouldn’t slit this at the minute. When I talk about experiences, that’s what was great about my first 12 months (as head coach). I was thrown in the ring with Mike Tyson and there you go. I’ve become immune to it now.”
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