*Photo Credit: Lewis Scott, Hull FC Media
Former Great Britain and England forward Gareth Ellis has appeared in the starting line-up for Hull FC Reserves in their match against Wakefield Trinity this afternoon.
The 37-year-old, who retired from the game at the end of the 2017 season, is the head coach of the black & whites reserve team and was named at loose forward ahead of the clash.
There was no announcement before the game about his inclusion and it remains to be seen whether he was just making up the numbers or is planning a playing return.
Ellis was part of the Hull team that won back-to-back Challenge Cup’s in 2016 and 2017, with many people putting their demise over the last 12 months down to his departure.
— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) February 16, 2019
After a close fought first half at Bishop Burton, Hull went in 12-10 up thanks to tries from Jez Litten and Charlie Graham.
It is a strong Airlie Birds team that also includes Danny Washbrook, Mickey Paea and Ratu Naulago, with the latter currently on trial with the club.
Lee Radford is currently short of numbers in his forward pack following the three-match suspension handed to Scott Taylor, so could Ellis be set for a surprise return? We will have to wait and see!