For any rugby league club, when you have a special player, you just know that you have to retain them – and for Hull FC, that is exactly what they did, tying up young starlet Jamie Shaul on a new 2-year deal.
It was a double on his debut against Wakefield that caught everyone’s attention, with the man himself excited to have extended his stay at the club.
â€œGetting a one-year deal last year gave me something to work for and Iâ€™m over the moon to get a new one sorted,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s all been a bit surreal to be honest. Iâ€™ve gone from standing on the terraces and going home and away to watch the team play to pulling the shirt on myself.
â€œI canâ€™t wait for another chance in the first team as thereâ€™s nothing better than pulling that Black and White shirt on. I just want to do it week in, week out now.â€
Whilst still at the young, ripe age of 20, Hull FC coach Peter Gentle believes that every match day, the youngster is learning more and more.
â€œWe have seen significant improvements in Jamieâ€™s game since he joined the first-team setup and he is a young player that is developing well,” said Gentle.
â€œHe was outstanding for our reserve grade last season, boasting all the natural ability required to play in the full back role with pace to burn, good footwork and strong in support.
â€œAs it stands, he still has plenty of work to do, but he has no better role models than Shannon and Horney to work with, whilst he has really benefitted from working closely with our assistant coach Lee Radford over the last couple of years.
â€œHis work ethic is second to none and heâ€™s pushing them all the way and as we have shown already this season with a number of our younger players, should they be performing well enough or look ready for their chance, we wonâ€™t be afraid to put them straight in there.