Jordan Abdull insists he is determined to prove he belongs at Hull FC just over a year after thinking his time was up.
The 21-year-old reported back to pre-season training on Monday with the Airlie birds after an peculiar season which saw him feature regularly for rivals Hull KR before sustaining a foot injury.
Abdull went on to return from his injury and inspired Rovers to Super League promotion, a season which many speculated would conclude with the play-marking signing a long-term deal at the cross-city rivals.
However, Lee Radford has clearly stated the former England academy member remains a key part of his squad ahead of 2018.
“I first thought ‘I’m on my way out’. But I think that would be the first thing that went through anyone’s mind when you’re going across to the other side of probably the biggest rivalry in Super League,”
“But I spoke to Radders a couple of days before going to Hull KR and he did say it was just for a year and they were going to give me the game-time he couldn’t offer me at that moment.
“I totally respected that because it was honest from him and it made me realise I could go there with an attitude that I was going to play week in week out. I wanted to show Radders I could play regularly and it worked because I went in with a good mind-set.”
Abdul views his time across the river as the perfect remedy to get him back to the best form, following on from his last stint at the black and whites in 2016. The half is looking for some ‘serious’ game time in 2018.
“It was the best thing that could have happened to me in terms of timing. I was in a bit of a rut playing one week and then out for two or three during the 2016 season with Hull,” Abdull added.
“It’s not what you want to be doing and especially with the year before when I had played so much. I felt disappointed with myself for having such a bad year and Radders knew I was a bit down.
“It was a great move, though, and I’ve nothing but respect for Hull KR. They took me in and the players and staff worked with me and helped me get some confidence.
“I have come back to Hull now a fitter and more confident player. I’m just hoping that I can get some serious game-time next season like I did at Hull KR. That’s my aim.”