Brett Hodgson points out positive signs following Hull FC’s ‘excellent’ start to pre-season

Brett Hodgson is delighted with how his Hull FC players have returned to pre-season.

After spending week one of pre-season with the younger members of his squad, the Black and Whites head coach welcomed his senior men back to their County Road base on Monday.

With the exception of injured players and the couple of new signing from down under, FC have been training as a full squad, going through a number of fitness and skill exercises and setting a tone for the months ahead.

The intensity of training will be turned up a little more in the coming weeks, with some gruelling team building exercises lined up, designed to test their mettle, mental strength and morale.

Hodgson has been impressed with the application and determination of his squad in the early stages of pre-season and he certainly hopes that will continue as the start of Super League campaign begins to move into view.

“It’s been excellent,” Hodgson said.

“We had a conversation with the coaches not long ago that the level that we’ve come back at this season is far more advanced than where we were 12 months ago which is a positive sign for us.

“There’s a lot of hard work to do, we know that, but with the squad we’ve got and a couple of changes, I’m confident that we will improve on last year.”

FC have been joined by new signing Luke Gale this week following his high profile switch from Leeds Rhinos last Friday.

Hodgson is keen to see Gale take on a leadership role within the club’s County Road training ground and the head coach admits the early signs have certainly been positive.

“He’s been vocal which we wanted him to be,” he added. “He’s spoken up in meetings, he’s given conversation with the younger boys. He’s been excellent.”

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