Yesterday, Hull FC revealed their 2022 squad numbers as they prepare for a big campaign in which they’ll be targeting a return to the top six after a disappointing end to 2021.
Some of the squad numbers handed out were fairly obvious. New signing Luke Gale inherited the number seven shirt previously worn by Marc Sneyd since 2015 whilst Darnell McIntosh and Adam Swift took on the number five and two shirts respectively as Brett Hodgson’s first choice wingers.
However, there were some shocks. Ligi Sao took the number eight shirt with Scott Taylor shifting to the number 30 to the surprise of many. Sao’s vacated number 13 jersey subsequently went to Jordan Lane despite the brilliant performances of Joe Cator in the role last year as both he and Lane proved to be brilliant loose forwards for the Black and Whites last term. However, the jersey has gone to Lane with Cator keeps the 15 shirt.
Clearly being awarded the number 13 meant a lot to Lane who took to Twitter to say: “Absolutely buzzing to be wearing the number 13 shirt for my hometown club Hull FC this season! Big thanks to Steve Hodgins Plumbing for the continued support.”
Absolutely buzzing to be wearing the number 13 shirt for my hometown club @hullfcofficial this season! Big thanks to Steve Hodgins Plumbing for the continued support 🙌🙌#COYH pic.twitter.com/1Sbiz2LdKh
— Jordan Lane (@Jordan__Lane) December 10, 2021
He wasn’t the only one to do so with new signing Darnell McIntosh also taking to Twitter to state how much wearing the number five jersey next season will mean to him: “Can’t wait to pull the jersey on. Exciting year ahead for me personally and for the club! Big thanks to Rowe Freight for sponsoring me this upcoming season.”
Can’t wait to pull the jersey on @hullfcofficial ⚫️⚪️ exciting year ahead for me personally and for the club! Big thanks to @rowefreight for sponsoring me this upcoming season 💯 pic.twitter.com/n3waV7Mnd7
— DarnellMcIntosh🗯 (@darnel_mcintosh) December 10, 2021
McIntosh joined Hull FC for the 2022 season after an impressive spell at Huddersfield in which he played both on the wing and at fullback averaging just under a try every other game for the Giants.
He did wear the number five shirt during his time with Huddersfield taking on the jersey in 2020 after spending 2019 with the number one on his back. Hull FC’s number one shirt unsurprisingly has gone to Jake Connor leaving Jamie Shaul with the number 29 shirt.
Taking on the number two shirt, left by Castleford bound Bureta Faraimo, is Adam Swift. It’s the first time he’s worn the number two having worn five at St Helens and 21 at Hull FC until now. He also seemed pretty pleased with his shirt number also taking to Twitter to emphasis the big year ahead at the club: “Buzzing for the 2022 season. Big thanks to the guys at Classical Gas for sponsoring me again.”
— Adam Swift (@Adamswift34) December 10, 2021
Based off the squad numbers, the man on his inside next year will be Carlos Tuimavave who continues with the number three shirt in 2022. He noted how much of an honour it is to be given that squad number once again in his seventh season with the club: “Grateful to be going around for a seventh season with Hull FC in 2022. To be given the number 3 shirt again is a massive privilege for me. Massive thank you to the team at Prime Processors for sponsoring me again.”
Grateful to be going around for a seventh season with @hullfcofficial in 2022. To be given the number 3 shirt again is a massive privilege for me 🙏 Massive thank you to the team at Prime Processors for sponsoring me again 👊#COYH pic.twitter.com/JOrp2xLxUe
— Carlos Tuimavave (@LosTuimavave) December 10, 2021