Joe Cator has had terrible luck with injuries during his time at Hull FC with the 24-year-old coming off back to back Achilles injuries that he suffered in the space of seven months, but he believes he’s fully fit heading into 2023.
Speaking on the club’s website Cator revealed how he’s use pre-season to get himself into the best shape possible, whereas the previous rehab hadn’t had the same desired results.
“I would say that in comparison to the last time I came back from the Achilles injury, it’s worlds apart,” Cator told hullfc.com.
He’ll now hope to be part of Tony Smith’s new look Hull FC side who will aim to make the playoffs for the first time since 2020 having missed out in the past two seasons.
“I suppose having three months of pre-season training right before getting back into playing in the New Year has been pretty handy, too.
“At the time of the initial injury, I didn’t see it as such a good thing. You know, having a massive ten months out. But in hindsight, I can look back and say it’s been a bit of a blessing in disguise because it’s helped me get to the position I’m in now. I’ve got the world at my feet right now!”
The utility 24-year-old who has played in positions ranging from prop, hooker, second-row and loose forward and with hopes to just get back on the field following such horrific injuries back to back he’ll be looking towards the season opener on Sunday 19th February.
“I’m definitely going to try and put my best foot forward to be the person to feature at loose forward,” he said.
“But more vitally, no matter where I am on the field, I will just be grateful to be out there, helping the lads fight it out for two points every week.
“I would also say that my style of play is a good match with Tony Smith’s approach. Maybe now I won’t be afraid to throw those 50/50 passes.
“I think that plays into my hands. But it’s also important to know where that fine line is between when to play and when to carry to get the team forward.
“I’m definitely looking to provide that this year. We’re a team that will be looking to think on the front foot this year and hopefully we give the fans plenty to get excited about.”
With this return from injury coming in line with the start of a new season Cator will almost be like a new signing for the Black and Whites, with the likes of Tex Hoy and Jake Clifford having joined from Newcastle Knights whilst Super League signings include Jake Trueman from Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos pair Liam Sutcliffe and Brad Dwyer.