Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has reassured faith in the decision to retain rather than recruit, something he feels is in the best interests of the club.
Literally quoting it as one last push for a Grand Final, Pearson, along with Lee Radford, James Clark and Gareth Ellis, are backing the current squad, with numerous new and improved contracts handed out this year – from the likes of Albert Kelly to Mark Minichiello.
That means recruitment will be minimal, despite the aim of reaching Super League’s showpiece and Americanised event in 2019 – something which we’ve been a long way off doing, for one reason or another, this year.
“We face a largely different but equally damaging prospect of meandering through the Super 8s with no real aim or purpose,” Pearson stated in the clubs monthly match-day magazine.
“What we do need is for everyone to stick by us through this lean period and help us come back stronger next season.
“We firmly believe in the squad we have. That is one of the reasons we have worked hard to keep this squad together for another twelve months as we firmly believe they still have what it takes to be challengers despite the restrictions of the salary cap.”
You could present an argument that the current Hull FC regime have deserved another shot after what they’ve achieved in the last two years. But there is concern out there if the current squad is actually good enough to reach Old Trafford.
Pearson meanwhile hasn’t completely ruled out further additions, but did issue a rallying call to supporters to stick with them during a testing period.
“We are always active in the market and should something come up that we feel adds value to our squad we will look at ways to pursue that,” Pearson continued.
“Our more immediate priority has shifted to adding some strong, young prospects to our squad to help balance it in terms of salary cap, depth and future potential. This will be more important as the new reserve grade system is established too.
“We firmly believe in that approach. We all agree that the current squad deserve one more chance at a push for the Grand Final and we need your support to do that.
“This isn’t a time to walk away from the club, it is a time to stand by us and show your support. This is the difference between being a fan and a supporter.
Roll on 2019.