Hull FC’s fortunes have picked up in the latter half of the 2022 Super League season mainly because of new signings.
The likes of Josh Simm (though he has since been recalled by St Helens), Ellis Longstaff and Jack Walker have all provided some new impetus to Brett Hodgson’s side whilst Will Smith has added that extra pizzazz in the halves that the Black and Whites were previously lacking.
But, one of those signings that has perhaps gone under the radar is Longstaff, whose move from Warrington Wolves was agreed until the end of the season.
And, now Hull head coach Brett Hodgson has waxed lyrical about the flame-haired forward.
“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.