In a sign that they are intent on producing good results consistently over the next few years, Hull FC have signed in-form Australian half Daniel Holdsworth, on a 2-year deal.
The team known as the Black and Whites, staved off interest from NRL clubs as well as rival Superleague clubs to sign the former Dragon, Bulldog and Salford Reds player, with Holdsworth excited to continue his career in Hull.
â€œItâ€™s a big move to a bigger club and a prestigious club like Hull FC, but Iâ€™m looking forward to it and itâ€™s very exciting,â€ said the 28-year-old.
â€œHull FC are pretty much always in the eight and they play finals footy and that is what I want as a professional.
â€œIâ€™ve been to Hull a few times now and itâ€™s always good to play there, itâ€™s a great ground with a massive crowd and everybody sings so Iâ€™m looking forward to that.â€
With halfback a key area for Hull FC, Australian coach Peter Gentle feels that the club has made the right move, and they cannot wait to have a halfback of his calibre, working at the club.
He said, â€œDaniel is a quality player, he has one of the best general kicking games in the competition and heâ€™s going to add another dimension to our side in that respect.
â€œHeâ€™s also got very soft hands and he is one of those players that creates time on the ball for himself and his teammates. With him coming into a very good squad, heâ€™s going to improve as a player and heâ€™s going to improve us as a team, so itâ€™s a win-win situation.
â€œHeâ€™s an accomplished player, heâ€™s over here and settled and heâ€™s not a risky signing. He isnâ€™t coming from Australia, he has played over here already and there is no risk from that point of view.
â€œI havenâ€™t crossed paths with him before but Iâ€™ve admired the way he plays the game from afar, even when he was coming through as a youngster in the NRL, and we are delighted to have him on board from next season.â€
For Holdsworth himself, he considered the other options available to him and decided on Hull FC, because he thought it would be the best fit for him, at this stage of his career.
â€œI had some options and the chance to go back to Australia, but I had a few things to think about including my partner who is here with me,â€ Holdsworth said.
â€œI knew once I made the decision to stay in England and join Hull FC I was happy and I am really excited.
â€œItâ€™s exciting to come to a club and play with some really good players, internationals and England players, plus work with Peter Gentle. Iâ€™m just really looking forward to getting out there and dedicating myself to Hull FC.
â€œFor a half back, itâ€™s exciting when teams play attacking rugby, so itâ€™s a good move for me to come here. Iâ€™m now looking forward to getting the game plans sorted and getting out there on the field.â€
A big factor in Holdsworth joining the club, was the opportunity to play alongside English back-rower Gareth Ellis, an opportunity that the halfback says he could not pass up.
â€œGetting to play with someone like Gareth Ellis is a once in a career type thing, looking at what he has achieved. Hopefully playing alongside him for Hull will be a good combination,â€ he said.
â€œFrom an outsider looking in, it looks like the club is heading forward and wants to be a top two or three side and win things.
â€œThatâ€™s why I am coming, I want to play my part, dig in and help the boys out and see if we can win something while Iâ€™m here.â€