Cut Jamie Shaul in half and he would bleed Black and White.
For over a decade, the fullback had been one of Hull FC’s key men, winning two Challenge Cup Finals, but when Brett Hodgson took over as the Black and Whites boss ahead of the 2021 Super League season, that began to change.
That’s because Hodgson preferred Jake Connor as his number one, leaving Shaul on the periphery with seemingly nowhere to go except to fight for a wing spot.
That didn’t really materialise and a loan move to Wakefield Trinity came about at the back end of this season, giving Shaul hope for a rejuvenated career.
Since then, the 30-year-old has enjoyed a stellar spell at the West Yorkshire club with Trinity wanting to keep the Hull man permanently.
For Wakefield head coach Willie Poching, in the wake of his side’s final performance of the 2022 season away at the Huddersfield Giants, he wants to keep Shaul at the club.
But Poching knows just how key getting recruitment donee and done quickly will be going into the new year.
“Recruitment is going to be important and getting these guys that are staying around to grow again and grow our culture and what we need,” Poching said.
“Quality people and quality players and that’s what we’re interested in. He (Jamie Shaul) showed tonight some experience and there was a time when they made the break and he just knew how to defend that try in the corner.
“It would be nice to get it sooner (rather than later) but we are in no rush to get people in. We need to do our due diligence to bring people in.”
Though Trinity want to keep the fullback, it wouldn’t be surprising if othere Super League clubs are in for the number one given his brilliant end to the season.