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Jake Trueman reveals he left Castleford Tigers for Hull FC to “challenge for titles season after season”

Only four different clubs have ever lifted the Super League trophy but Jake Trueman is setting out his stall and believes that new club Hull FC can become the fifth name.

Trueman has joined Tony Smith’s side from Castleford for whom he had played since 2017 and made over 100 appearances for.

The playmaker has swapped the Jungle for the MKM though and one of the key reasons he’s cited was a hunt for silverware.

Speaking to the Sportsman Rugby League Youtube channel Trueman explained his move.

“I’m really looking forward to it, I was at Castleford for six or seven years so it’s good to step out of my comfort zone with a new club and I’m really looking forward to it.

“Stepping out of my comfort zone I met with the Tony, the board, the owner and I just thought that the club could go somewhere and challenge for titles season after season.”

It’s a hugely bold claim from Trueman given the dominance of St Helens of late and the lack of a title challenge or playoff run from FC since the days of 2016 and ’17 when they made the semi-finals having finished third, both times under now Castleford boss Lee Radford.

With Tony Smith at the helm though and a whole new spine including NRL imports Tex Hoy and Trueman’s new playing partner Jake Clifford, the Airlie Birds are clearly pushing for a return to the playoffs following two seasons outside of them.

Trueman also spoke of his excitement about being involved in a Hull derby, although he didn’t go quite as far as teammate Tex Hoy who made some huge claims last week about the Black and Whites going undefeated during his Fc career, as reported here.

The 23-year-old Trueman said: “I can’t wait for it, everyone speaks about it. A few of my mates play for KR so that should be interesting. I’m really looking forward to that, that’s also a big draw about joining Hull.”

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