Hull FC head coach Lee Radford is keen to bring an end to the Liam Watts’ saga that’s dominated the majority of the rugby league press this week, and wants to focus only on the task of defeating Salford Red Devils this Friday.
The black and whites travel to the AJ Bell Stadium in search of only their 3rd victory of the season, and it goes without saying two very much ‘needed’ points are a priority for Hull to start climbing the BetFred Super League table.
Lee Radford commented:
“It is what it is with Liam and we have moved on quick. “There are loads of elements which went into the decision and that squad depth was one of them. We just need to get some rhythm into the start of our season now and it’s for the young guns to take that opportunity.
“It has been a difficult year so far and we haven’t really got going. We have been stuttering a little and the sooner we get some continuity the better. In the last couple of years we have had our best players on the field more.”
“If we get to three wins out of six we will be there or thereabouts. We have had some grenades thrown at us as well in terms of injuries. If we get to that I’d be pleased because there is heaps of improvement in us.”
Hull have a growing list of injuries on their travels to Salford, and will be without Albert Kelly (head), Danny Houghton (calf), Sika Manu (calf) and Mickey Paea, while Bureta Faraimo is a doubt due to recovering from a head knock. But Radford is focused on one thing and that’s making a fast start.
“We need to begin really well, we haven’t scored a try in the first 20 minutes of a match this season. That’s something we have to get fixed up really quickly. We must win the physical battle in the middle. It’s certainly going to be a challenge for us because it’s a key game.”