Experience is a valuable asset for any rugby league side and one player who has loads of it is Hull FC utility Richard Whiting, as the Super League veteran re-signs with the club for a further 2 seasons.
Eager to extend his stay and keep playing, Whiting sees the club as his home and had no qualms in extending his time with the club.
â€œThis is my club, itâ€™s my home and I am very proud to represent Hull FC,” said Whiting.
â€œI have had a great ten years with the club, but I am just as excited about the future now as I was when I joined in 2004.
â€œThere have been some significant changes over the last few weeks which I know will be good for the club and I am looking forward to working with Lee (Radford) and the coaching staff.
â€œThe players are excited about getting started under the new regime and I think we have the makings of a really good squad going into next season.
With a 10-year stint meaning he will earn a testimonial for his loyalty, Whiting also pointed out how eager the club are to become a consistent Super League force.
â€œItâ€™s a dream come true to earn a testimonial with the club, as it was to finally walk out at Wembley,” said Whiting.
â€œOur aim now is to get back there and win and finally show we can become a consistent force in Super League. I canâ€™t wait to play my part in that again next season.â€
In a whopping 224 games for the club, Whiting came to the club from the Featherstone Rovers, as head coach Lee Radford said the decision to keep Whiting on board was an easy one.
â€œRich was one of the first players I met with when I was appointed and we discussed various aspects of the club,” said Radford.
â€œHe understands what it means to play for Hull FC, he understands the importance of making a significant contribution in every game you play and is an intelligent footballer.
â€œHe has shown why he is so valuable to us over the last few years, playing just about everywhere, and that versatility is something we donâ€™t want to lose from his game.â€
At 28, Whiting has been around the traps and Radford believes there is still some petrol left in the tank for a few more seasons yet.
â€œHe is a student of the game and whilst he still has some good years left in the tank playing wise, I know he will have a bright future in the game long after he hangs up his boots,” said Radford.