Pre-season preparations please Radford
Hull FC coach Lee Radford believes the feelgood factor has returned to his squad following a strong start to pre-season.
The Airlie Birds entered their third week of pre-season training on Monday, as they look to move on from a disastrous end to the 2018 Super League season that culminated in losing 11 consecutive matches.
Radford has already been pleased by the reaction of his players since their return to training and he feels there is a great camaraderie within the group.
"I'm very happy with the pre-season so far," he told Hull Live. "They have come in bouncing which is pleasing to see. There are some smiles on faces and that's great considering the way last season ended.
"The energy has been really good and the young lads have been fantastic as well. I'm over the moon with the way things have gone."
The 39-year-old, who spent six years as a player at the KCOM Stadium, knows how important it is to put the hard yards in during pre-season, as that will lead to long-term benefits over the course of the campaign.
"The focus during this period is very much physical," he added. "Your remit for pre-season is obviously to practice the fundamental skills as hard as you possibly can under fatigue."
Hull FC will step up their pre-season campaign after Christmas when they take on League 1 side Doncaster in a friendly at the Keepmoat Stadium on January 6.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.