Hull FC’s Brett Hodgson has come out swinging in the defence of his side after another disappointing defeat to Wakefield Trinity on Friday night.
The Black and Whites have dropped out of the top six and now face the probability of failing to qualify for the end of season play-offs.
Hodgson and the club have recruited well so far for 2023 with Castleford Tigers’ Jake Trueman, Newcastle Knights’ Tex Hoy and Leeds Rhinos’ Liam Sutcliffe all set to make the move to the MKM Stadium.
And, following Friday night’s dismal display to Wakefield, Hodgson explained that while the club is hurting from the recent spell of poor form, the building blocks for an improved campaign in 2023 are being put in place.
“We’re all hurting right now – I know the supporters are especially. That is felt by myself, Adam and James too, and we’re trying to put things right with our recruitment and structures we are putting in place for next season,” Hodgson told hullfc.com.
“Obviously we want to win games, it would be ridiculous to suggest otherwise, but sometimes there is some difficult moments before you start moving forward, and that’s where we are at at the moment.”
Of course, Jamie Shaul is only on a loan deal at Wakefield Trinity so he may return for 2023 as may Ellis Longstaff who is on a loan from the Warrington Wolves until the end of the season.
Longstaff has impressed Hodgson a great deal and it seems likely that he will stay at the MKM Stadium for the future.
But, beyond that, it appears as though the club are trying to blood through impressive youngsters, with the likes of Ben McNamara, Davy Litten, Harvey Barron and Matty Laidlaw just some of those that have come through the Hull system.
It’s a good – and different – avenue to go down for Hodgson and the Hull club and the future looks bright for the East Yorkshire side, even if the immediate problems remain unsolved.