Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson has revealed that the Black and Whites are prepared for ‘worst case scenario.’
That is in relation to news that youngster Jack Brown could be ruled out until the end of the season with a shoulder injury.
Brown suffered the injury against Huddersfield Giants last week, but the forward himself is optimistic about it potentially not being too serious – even if boss Hodgson is preparing for the ‘worst case scenario.’
“Jack is ok and he’s actually quite optimistic, as are we, that he isn’t out for the season. But only having five games to go, there’s going to be a bit of work to put in,” Hodgson told BBC Humberside.
“Jack has got a specialist appointment tomorrow (Thursday).
“He actually feels okay but we’re anticipating the worst case scenario. We’ll see how that goes.
“His shoulder came out of the socket, then went back in, so there might be a little bit of damage.
“Hopefully it’ll be okay – but with these things, they’re never often good news, to be fair.”
Among those hoping to continue their good form is Warrington Wolves loanee Ellis Longstaff.
“He has been good,” Hodgson told BBC Humberside.
“There have been moments where he stands above and that’s in his effort. We see countless times that he is putting himself in the picture to save a try and on his kick chase.
“He is working hard and is willing to learn and understand what we need from him.
“There are areas he can continue to improve but he has been a positive influence. Warrington do have a recall option but fingers crossed he remains here.”
In terms of a future deal for the Warrington forward, Hodgson is unsure about where Longstaff’s future does lie, hinting that the restrictions around the Super League salary cap would mean that a lot of juggling would have to be done.
“There is a number of recruitment decisions that we are in the process of making.
“It’s not as easy as signing him as there are a number of things that need to happen before we can sign him.
“To tell you the truth I don’t know yet.”
Hodgson has already began his recruitment for 2023 in earnest, signing the likes of Liam Sutcliffe, Tex Hoy and Jake Trueman.