Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson has named 25-year-old Brad Fash as his captain ahead of Danny Brough’s testimonial this weekend.
The England Knights prop will skipper the side for the first time in the absence of a number of first-team stars.
“I think it’s a good reward for what he’s done for the club over a number of years,” Hodgson said.
“He’s a man of few words Fashy but there was a little smile there that came upon him when I told him.
“Brad Fash is going to lead the team, which I’m hugely excited about.
A number of youngsters and academy players are expected to step up alongside a smattering of senior players.
“Ligi Sao will play, Cam Scott, Jamie Shaul, Jordan Johnstone and maybe one or two others,” said Hodgson.
“We’re giving the opportunity for our younger boys and academy players to step in and play.
“There are a number of first-team players so it is a first-team trial, but the positive thing for us is I believe there are only two players in the squad that aren’t from the Hull FC system somewhere along the line.”
That being said, Covid has stopped some players from walking out on the field at the weekend.
“Unfortunately there has been a couple of people we’ve had to withdraw due to Covid.
“That’s not so much them not being available but after the period when they did have Covid and the return to play, they’re just not ready.”