If there is one surprising name on the periphery of a Super League side in recent years it is Hull FC’s Jamie Shaul.
Before Brett Hodgson joined Hull FC as head coach ahead of the 2021 season in what is his first major head coaching role.
As soon as he joined, the former Warrington Wolves and Wests Tigers fullback made a statement by shifting Jake Connor to the number one position, leaving Shaul somewhat isolated.
Since then, Shaul has battled to try and make it back into Hodgson’s reckoning, even appearing on the wing at one stage in a bid to get game time.
However, the Hull man has opened up on ‘struggling’ at the MKM Stadium – especially in 2022 where he feels he has been ‘wrongly dropped.’
“Personally, it’s not been good for me struggling to find a place in the Hull team,” Shaul told Serious About Rugby League.
“It has not been easy, but then I found myself with a run of games on the wing and was playing well then had one average performance and got wrongly dropped in my eyes.
“I then found myself out of the team again for a long period.”
Despite struggling to get into the side, Shaul admits that the players currently at the MKM Stadium are the best he has played with in his illustrious Hull career.
“Hull FC holds a special place in my heart – I have so many good memories there.
“The set of boys they have there is the best group of boys since I been there over the last ten years. It made going into training so enjoyable even though I was struggling to get game time.”
For now, Shaul is on loan at Wakefield Trinity until the end of the season and the fullback has played a key role in the West Yorkshire club’s recent upturn in form.