“Some of these guys apparently have potential” – Last lays into Hull stars after Salford defeat

Andy Last admitted he is fed up with the ‘high’ reputation of some of his players after Hull FC fell to another Super League defeat.

The Black and Whites lost 28-22 to Salford at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, a result that all but ends their hopes of a play-off spot.

Frustrated once again by the manner of the defeat, Last admitted his patience is wearing thin with various members of his squad.

“With regards to this team on paper, it is irrelevant,” he said. “A good player consistently performs week in, week out.

“How some of these players have got this reputation for being good, when they do not deliver performances, is beyond me.

“Gareth Ellis has consistently done it for 400 games. Danny Houghton has for 300 games.

“Some of these guys apparently have potential. Well, potential has to be fulfilled by turning up every single week to an eight or nine out of ten performance.

“That is when you say ‘wow, he is a good player’ not ‘oh, he is potentially a good player and that is where we are at.”

The defeat leaves Hull with just a 40% win ratio this season, some 30% behind Leeds who currently occupy the final play-off spot.

Last, who took over from Lee Radford in March, has been unable to turn around the Airlie Bird’s fortunes and believes there is too much hype around his team.

He added: “I am fed up of hearing how good we are on paper because on paper is not where you win games, it is on the green stuff where they are won.

“We have got to get more of these players filling this ‘so called’ potential week in, week out.”