Hull FC star keen to put “nightmare” 2022 behind him as he heaps praise on new boss Tony Smith

It’s a new and exciting era at Hull FC.

The Black and White not only have five new signings including Leeds Rhinos duo Brad Dwyer and Liam Sutcliffe and a brand new spine which sees former Castleford Tigers star Jake Trueman join Newcastle Knights pair Jake Clifford and Tex who replace Huddersfield Giants bound Jake Connor, Luke Gale, Josh Reynolds and Will Smith.

But the squad at the MKM Stadium already had huge potential and new boss, formerly of Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Hull KR, Tony Smith is in to make good on that and is already having a positive impact on the likes of Cameron Scott.

“Everyone is here in this establishment for a reason and it’s because we’re all very capable rugby league players. One of the things we’ve been working on this pre-season has been trusting one another, and I think that’s a really big thing to begin with,” Scott explained to the club website.

“The key message has been to focus on your own individual task and the guy outside you will concentrate on theirs – don’t go trying to solve problems on your own.

“That’s what pre-season has been all about for us, really. Tony and the rest of the coaching team have been instilling a lot of trust between the players in a new system for us.

“That’s where the positivity starts from and when things get tough, you’ve always got to go back to the idea that you’ll dig in, do your job, and your mate will do his, too.”

He also admitted that he was keen to put a “nightmare” year behind him:

“It’s been all about forgetting what went on last year for me, personally. But that’s the sport and it is what it is. Things like that happen,” he said.“It’s about being back out on the field and enjoying myself as much as I can, which I am doing at the moment.

“As I said, last year was a bit of a nightmare for me. In the moment, it’s tough mentally. When you’re enjoying a spell of consistency and something goes wrong, it’s a bitter pill to swallow.

“But once you’ve got over the initial disappointment, you’ve got to move on and focus on coming back bigger and better. Once it’s done, it’s done. You can’t go back, you can only keep moving forwards.”

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