Radford sees positives in reserve league for Hull FC

Hull FC coach Lee Radford has admitted there are plenty of positives relating to his side’s interest in playing in the new reserve competition next season.

FC will be one of up to ten teams who take part, after Radford revealed the number of sides regularly attending the meetings to hopefully put the competition back together in 2016.

And he said that it’s a fantastic chance for some of the club’s younger players to get some more games, as well as fighting for places in both the FC first team and the new City of Hull Academy which will begin next year.

“At present there are ten teams who have attended all the meetings and shown interest in applying for the competition for next season,” Radford told the Hull Daily Mail.

“Not all of them are from Super League but the majority are. There are some big teams in and amongst that including Wigan, St Helens and Warrington.

“The competition will be healthy and it will be a great next step for some of our younger first-term members to take at that level.

“Some of the players in the City of Hull Academy are contracted to ourselves, so if we need them to play in the under-23s competition they are available.

“Likewise, any players that have not been selected for the first team will be available for the under-23s and will make up the core of that squad.”