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Hull FC signing debuts in demolition of Leigh Leopards

Jed Cartwright, new Hull FC signing

Despite there being no Super League games this weekend due to the international clash between England and France, there has still been Super League players in action playing in the Reserves competition and Hull FC have used that as an opportunity to blood in their new NRL signing.

The Reserve competition is one that is incredibly valuable but also incredibly exploited with the games serving as a chance for the stars of the future to learn their trade and develop their skills. However, it has also become a competition that Super League sides use to circumvent bans with players often serving their suspension in it.

That has happened for numerous players this week with St Helens’ Sione Mata’utia, Huddersfield Giants’ Elliot Wallis and London Broncos Emmanuel Waine all having been banned last week in Super League, but now eligible to play this round after ‘serving’ their bans in the reserves.

The reserves comp has also been used this week by Hull FC to blood in their new signing Jed Cartwright with the NRL recruit starring in the Black and Whites’ 60-4 hammering of Leigh Leopards.

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Dominant Hull FC Reserves hammer Leigh Leopards

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Hull FC were able to name a strong reserves side that featured plenty of players that have featured for their first team so far this season, whilst also boasting immense quality in their actual youngsters given the club’s recent success with their academy.

In the last few weeks, Hull FC have signed up eight players to new contracts with all eight of those players coming through the club’s Academy of Excellence. Several of those played for the reserves today alongside Jed Cartwright.

It marked the first game that Cartwright has played in Hull FC colours since his move from the NRL with the Australian being the son of the club’s incoming head coach John Cartwright.

The ex-South Sydney Rabbitohs man played in the second-row in a team that boasted first-team players such as Davy Litten, Liam Tindall, Denive Balmforth, Zach Jebson and Will Gardiner.

Given that Leigh only formed their reserve team recently and have only recently been granted an Academy licence by the RFL, it’s no surprise that Hull FC were able to run in 11 tries in their dominant win given the sheer quality on show.

Per the club’s match report “Jed Cartwright grew into the game nicely and showed some tidy touches on his first appearance in a Hull FC shirt”, something that will be exciting to hear for Black and Whites fans with a string of key fixtures coming up.

Cartwright could make his first team debut this week with a tough home test against Salford Red Devils set to be played a week today.

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