Hull FC’s Josh Bowden has explained how he feels ‘honoured’ to be taking over the reigns of the number 13 shirt, previously held by back-to-back Challenge Cup-winning captain Gareth Ellis.
The squad numbers, which were released last week gave the 25-year-old the new iconic 13 jersey, following on from the 22 shirt worn by Bowden in previous Super League campaigns. Hull’s Dean Hadley, who had an impressive loan spell at Wakefield in 2017 was also given the No.11 shirt.
As he reported back for Hull’s new pre-season schedule at the start of this week, the prop forward was said how happy he was to be back and was surprised when he discovered he will wear 13 next season.
Josh Bowden commented:
“It was a bit of a surprise, I wasn’t expecting my number to change because I’ve had 22 all my career,”
“It’s a great privilege and honour because Gaz (Ellis) is a massive name and a massive influence on this team. To have his number is a big thing and hopefully I can do it justice.
“It’s been good to get back around the boys and get amongst it again. It’s just a typical start to pre-season, get tested and it’s been tough so far.”
“It’s a great privilege and honour because Gaz (Ellis) is a massive name and a massive influence on this team. To have his number is a big thing and hopefully I can do it justice.”
The black and whites begin next season’s BetFred Super League 2018 campaign at home to Huddersfield Giants just a week before heading to New South Wales for round two, where they take on Wigan Warriors in the first-ever Super League game staged outside Europe in Wollongong.
“It’s Massive, I think it might have come back off the back of the success we’ve been having over the last couple of years and everyone knows that Hull is a big rugby town and now we’re getting some success it will bring stuff like that to our city.”