Tony Smith showers Hull FC’s latest signing in huge praise

Yesterday, Hull FC completed their exciting recruitment for 2023 with the signing of Newcastle Knights halfback Jake Clifford on a two-year deal.

He will form an exciting new spine alongside fellow former Knight Tex Hoy who will replace Jake Connor at fullback whilst partnering another of Hull FC’s new recruits Jake Trueman in the halves after Trueman made the decision to leave the Jungle at the end of 2022.

They’re also joined by former Leeds Rhinos duo Brad Dwyer and Liam Sutcliffe.

They all come under the command of new coach Tomy Smith who is excited by the arrival of Clifford as Hull look to return to the play-offs after missing out over the last two seasons.

Speaking to Hull FC’s club website, Smith showered their new halfback in praise: “It’s very exciting. I think Jake is a terrific young half-back with a lot of capabilities, and he has had some success already at his young age in the best Rugby League competition in the world.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Jake. We can help each other and I think he’ll be great for the team. We can help him develop and gain more confidence.

“He’s got a great kicking game, as well as a strong running game and a very good passing game, so he possesses a lot of quality attributes that will complement us as a team.”

Clifford is expected to arrive in Britain around Christmas time and Hull fans will hope he’s the perfect Christmas present.

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