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Sky Sports pundit says marquee Hull FC signing ‘isn’t delivering value’

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Hull FC secured their first Super League victory since March yesterday, defeating an uninspired Leeds Rhinos side 18-10 at the MKM Stadium. Hull’s last Super League victory came against the league’s bottom side, the London Broncos.

Since then, the Black and White had lost 11 consecutive games in all competitions before yesterday’s win. Hull’s performances have shown a general trend of improvement under interim head coach, Simon Grix, in recent weeks and their win was well deserved.

The Black and Whites are set for a major rebuild in the close season. New Head Coach, John Cartwright, will join the club. He will have a much changed squad to work with, as the club is expected to make a number of high-profile signings, with John Asiata and Jordan Abdull already confirmed.

With that in mind, Sky Sports pundit, Jon Wilkin, has singled out the marquee signing, who is currently at the club, who is yet to deliver value to the Black and Whites.

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Sky Sports pundit says Hull FC signing not delivering

Leeds Rhinos Jon Wilkin

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Before yesterday’s victory, Hull had struggled to break sides down and have lacked a cutting edge in attack. Overseas star, Tex Hoy, left the club earlier in the season and marquee signing, Nu Brown, departed the club for personal reasons, leaving the side short of creative spark.

However, Sky pundit, Jon Wilkin, singled out Jake Trueman as a player who has yet to deliver his best football in Black and White. Trueman joined the Airlie Birds on a three-year deal before the 2023 season, however, he suffered a serious injury last season, which ruled him out for an extended spell.

“One player I would mention is Jake Truman, like he’s brought in to do a job and it’s just not worked.” Wilkin said.

“That’s been the problem for you, for Jake, and for probably the time that I was there, he wasn’t on the field much. You know, these things happen, you know, you make investments to some high quality players, and sometimes they can just have a run of injuries. And does that make your team suffer?

“Absolutely. You take your marquee players out of most clubs and take a number of them at one time, they’re all going to struggle, or most of them do.”

Smith singles out man of the match Trueman for praise

Tony Smith Hull FC

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However, speaking before the game, former FC coach, Tony Smith, singled Trueman out for praise. Trueman won man of the match for his performance in the Black and Whites’ victory over Leeds and looked to be rediscovering his best form at the club after a prolonged injury lay-off kept him out of the early rounds of the season.

Smith highlighted Trueman’s vision and ability to read the play as his strongest qualities. Smith said:

“He just reads play, he reads play, he’s calm, he brings a calmness to everybody and he’s good at getting the guys around, he’s quite a quiet guy off the field but on the field he knows what’s needed.

So yeah I think this is a great challenge today these two and a great matchup so yeah looking forward to this one”

Hull FC host Warrington Wolves in their next Super League fixture and will be hoping to build on their victory over Leeds against a side who have lost three consecutive games.

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