Tonight one of the biggest signings of the season is finally set to make a debut.
Hull FC brought in Jake Trueman from Castleford Tigers but he picked up a season ending injury at the Jungle which also delayed his Hull FC debut.
Tony Smith opened up on Trueman’s return this week speaking on BBC Radio Humberside: “It’s finally come around for Jake and for us.
“He’s done a lot of hard work to get back to this week and a lot of work has gone in from staff.
“He’s been terrific in attitude and we’re excited about it, realistic with him too and he knows that.
“He’s not going to be back at his very very best this week but we need to get him back into the fold so that he can be his best.
“We’re aware of how he may go this week but it’s been a long road for him and it’s a difficult job when you come to a new club and you’re injured, but he’s handled it well.
“He’s kept really positive and worked hard. He’s excited that he’s getting his chance, he’s a rugby player and just wants to play rugby.
“He’ll have some nerves, anything you care about you have nerves for.”
Smith rubbished the suggestion that he could be nervous and instead expressed his confidence in the halfback: “No, I’ve got confidence in him. I know he’s going to be a terrific player for us. Do I understand that he’ll have nerves? Absolutely, that’s just natural and how he overcomes that will be by getting out there and having a dig with all his mates that he’s been training alongside now.”
Hull FC have also had to deal with an injury blow.
In fact another of Super League’s biggest signings is currently on the sidelines in the shape of Tex Hoy.
Smith also gave an update on him:
“He won’t be ready for this week. It was always going to be touch and go if it was this week.
“He’s had a history of hamstrings and bearing that in mind we won’t rush him if he’s not quite ready. We’re not going to push him.”
Thus it seems he could be back next week for the big game against Wakefield Trinity.