Hull FC have made five new signings for the new season.
They have brought in two players from Leeds Rhinos in the shape of Brad Dwyer and Liam Sutcliffe.
Meanwhile, star man from Castleford Tigers Jake Trueman has also joined the club for the new season.
But their two other major signings have come from Newcastle Knights in the NRL in the shape of Tex Hoy and Jake Clifford.
Hoy has been speaking about the move and has explained what he knew about Super League before hand and believes it’s more free flowing than the NRL:
Sportsman: “I didn’t know much so I watched some and it’s a lot more free flowing and it looks a bit quicker as well.”
He has also heard that Super League fans are more vocal despite the fact they are fewer in number.
“I’ve heard back home that we get more people but they’re not as vocal,” Hoy said, “They have all their songs and chants which I’m looking forward to hearing. They’ll be sure to give you a big kick up the arse if you’re struggling.”
He has underlined the ambitions of the club as well aiming for the top four:
“The goal for every team in the competition is top six but we need to look past that and go top four to make sure we have a chance at winning the competition in general. Top six is a minimum but top four is what we aim for.”
A new experience in a new country, Hoy has a new coach though he is not the only one enjoying his first taste under a new coach.
He has now had his say on his new coach Tony Smith:
“He’s very laid-back compared to what I’m used to back home, he’s been good. He’s got a lot of knowledge and he’s letting us play what we see, over the next couple of weeks we can gel hopefully.”
Under the two Grand Final winner and four time Grand Final runner up, Hull FC could be back to competitors in 2023 if so they could also dominate the Hull derby against Smith’s old club and Hoy spoke on the expected dominance his Hull FC side will have over the derby:
“I’ve heard that before I even came over (importance of Hull derby), I heard it’s a really big occasion for both teams and the whole town plus even the Super League. We won’t lose one while I’m here for sure, that’s my goal and hopefully we’ll be the strongest Hull team in the competition.”