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Hull FC players slammed for not playing for the badge

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The 2024 Super League season has been one to forget so far for Hull FC with a whopping 11 defeats in 12 and now yet more questions have been asked about whether the current crop of players are putting it all on the line for the badge.

Hull FC built their squad for the 2024 campaign with the intention of creating a dominant forward pack and allowing half-backs Nu Brown and Jake Trueman (after his return from injury) a platform to play from.

One of the key issues though was how that recruitment process went with international hooker Nu Brown signed to be the club’s half-back and centre Jayden Okunbor signed to play in the second row. The question was then whether Hull FC would be able to change the playing styles of two men in their late 20s, or if it was just a case of square pegs in round holes.

Unfortunately, for Hull FC it was the latter. Nu Brown has since returned to the NRL and Jayden Okunbor is currently on loan in the Championship, alongside fellow recruits Liam Tindall and Franklin Pele.

It’s also been suggested that several of the clubs’ star signings and senior players have lacked desire at times with both Jon Wilkin and Sam Tomkins making those claims, and now another Sky Sports pundit has asked the same question.

Are Hull FC players committed to the badge?

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Assessing the fact that Hull FC slipped to another defeat on Friday night, this time to fellow strugglers Castleford Tigers, Kyle Amor argued that players need to start stepping up and staking a claim for their role in 2025.

It’s been confirmed that John Cartwright will take over as FC head coach and the 58-year-old will undoubtedly be looking out for who he plans to build around and which players are surplus to requirements.

On that, Amor said: “They now know that they’ve got a new coach coming in haven’t they? So they’re now in the shop window now.

“The new coach will be looking on and he’ll be looking to see who’s up for the challenge and who he wants on board for 2025.”

He’d then go further and slam the attitude of the players, adding: “The question is for those FC players, is ‘Are they actually committed to that shirt and that badge?’

“The evidence so far suggests no, they’ve had a horrible season, but there’s still time left for them to come out of it, you know, finish the back half of the season, perhaps with a bit more effort.”

How can Hull get right ahead of the 2025 season?

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The disconnect between the club and the fans amidst this current run of form has also been evident with boos ringing out after the win over London Broncos in Round Three, whilst the travelling support also made themselves heard after the loss to then-winless London in Round 11.

It’s now been claimed by former Leeds Rhinos man Jamie Jones-Buchanan that the club must remedy those relations in time for 2025. He suggested that the Black and Whites’ faithful now need to be the driving force and involved in all decisions going forward, a free piece of advice for fellow ex-Rhinos and new Director of Rugby Richie Myler.

Jones-Buchanan argued:  “I think they need to invite the fans in and ask them what they think and where do they want to go.

“Do they want to keep singing Boulevard, White with Clover right through all verses, chapters, and plus? They’ve got something to show hope in with a new coach coming in, but just give them that certainty that they’re going somewhere.”

Next up for Hull FC is a trip to Huddersfield Giants who have themselves lost five in a row.

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  1. Anonymous

    May 27, 2024 at 8:48 pm

    The current crop of players all need to be told what that black and white shirt means to Hull FC supporters

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