Radford gives youth another chance
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford says that this weekend's derby against Hull KR is an opportunity to try out some of the club's youngsters.
In doing so he hopes to see some clear signs of progress after a heavy defeat in the corresponding game last year.
Rovers, then in the Championship, won 40-16 at the KCOM Stadium with Radford using that game to try out some youngsters and he will do the same again on Sunday.
I want to see their development twelve months on when it comes to physical and technical improvements.Lee Radford
However, in this first warm-up game for the new Super League season, the coach is hoping that he will see some signs of progress from the display 12 months ago.
He told the Hull Daily Mail: "I'm looking forward to seeing the young blokes play against Hull KR because there will be plenty participating on Sunday.
"What we are going to see is if they have developed over the last twelve months. We got it handed to us last January in our most recent match against Rovers.
"We put a young squad out and a lot of those players will be out there again and I want to see their development twelve months on when it comes to physical and technical improvements."
The game on Sunday sees the teams play for the Clive Sullivan Trophy, named after the legendary player who represented both Hull clubs.
The Black and Whites then have another friendly, against Catalans Dragons, before they get their Super League campaign underway on 1st February when they are at home to Huddersfield Giants.
Hull KR, on their return to the top flight after a season in the Championship, are at home to Wakefield Trinity the following day.
Hull FC are 41.00 to win the Super League Grand Final later this year with Leeds, defending champions 151.00 and Castleford Tigers, beaten finalists last year priced at 6.00.
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