Hull FC skipper Carlos Tuimavave has spoke about wanting a different season in 2024 personally after an injury hit campaign in 2023.
The long serving Hull FC star had a number of injuries in 2024 starting with an achilles rupture and things didn’t get better for the centre.
He has made a personal vow to be better in 2024 after a difficult season saying to BBC Radio Humberside:
“Coming back from a serious injury, from Achilles rupture, it was just tough for me to find my feet. I didn’t have a pre-season. I think a pre-season is really important. That’s where you build your foundations and you prepare your body for the season ahead. I didn’t have that and I just kept picking up little niggling injuries along the way. just couldn’t find any consistency in my game. Not having a pre-season played a big part in that.”
Tuimavave has also revealed that he is open to giving up the captaincy: “Yeah I’ll be honest it was really really tough. Being captain again, not playing as much as I wanted to. It was very frustrating and I’m not sure if I’ll be captain again next year. That’s something me and Tony have spoke about, that’ll come out when it’s supposed to come out.
“He didn’t say I was necessarily looking for something different. It was more myself approaching Tony and just reflecting on the year and the lessons I learned and just how I felt going forward as well. Also what I thought would be best for myself and for the team so that will come out in due course.”
Asked why he approached Tony about the captaincy, Tuimavave said: “Just the year ahead in general, the big part was my injuries and the time I spent on the field wasn’t good enough and that’s not something I’m proud of. Sometimes these things happen but more on my part mentally.”
The club could turn to legend Danny Houghton yet again but perhaps a more sensible solution would be giving it to a younger player who can be the club’s captain for the next five years or so.
Rivals Hull KR and of course St Helens still have to name their captains for 2024 as well. Leeds Rhinos have recently appointed Cameron Smith.
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