One thing that has constantly been a problem for Hull FC in recent seasons have been injuries.
In both 2021 and 2022, the Black and Whites were well in the mix for the top four until injuries catalysed a loss of form and in both seasons saw the club slip out of the top six and end the season on something of a disappointing note.
One player who is well versed in frustrating injuries is of course fullback Jamie Shaul. Injuries helped him lose the number one shirt to Jake Connor in recent years after all.
As he returned to fitness in 2022, he wanted game time and left the club on loan at Wakefield Trinity where he really impressed.
The West Yorkshire club was keen on signing him until new coach Mark Applegarth pivoted their recruitment policy towards signing forwards like Kevin Proctor and Renouf Atoni.
However, Shaul started enjoying a new leash of life at Hull FC under new boss Tony Smith and according to the former Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves boss Shaul was in terrific form in training until injury stifled his progression and ensured he would miss out against Sheffield Eagles in Hull’s first hit out of pre-season.
That said, Serious About Rugby League understands that Shaul should be back in the mix to take on former club Wakefield Trinity on February 5th at Belle Vue.
He will certainly be ready for Round One after he felt his calf pull whilst sprinting in training in an annoying twist for the fullback who was training well and feeling fit.
However, it shouldn’t be much of a setback for Shaul.