New Hull FC signing Andre Savelio has touched down in East Yorkshire, and he can’t wait to get going.
Signed on a three-year deal from the Brisbane Broncos, the 23-year-old landed in the country on Saturday and had his first day with the club on Monday.
Eager to get on the field, Savelio arrives with good fitness levels and could make his debut as soon as soon as this Sunday in London.
“I’m feeling good at the minute. Maybe my debut will be this weekend, maybe it will be next weekend, or whenever Radders decides to stick me in,” Savelio told the clubs official website.
“We’ll see because that is Radders’ decision. I spoke to him Monday morning and he said he wants to see how this week goes.
”I had a few tests with the strength and conditioning staff. They want to tick a few boxes off before I’m able to play.”
Savelio missed the entire 2018 season with an ACL injury, so there’s that element of caution when throwing him out there.
But having impressed the coaching staff on his arrival, there’s obviously a desire to get him out on the field sooner rather than later, and let these qualities he brings come to fruition.
“I’m going to be hard-working, trying to get back into the groove of playing again,” Savelio continued. “I want to be able to bring some punch and hopefully take the boys forward in the pack.
“It was good and I really enjoyed my first day. I sat down with Radders first and then got in amongst all of the boys before we went out for a field session and it felt good to blow a few cobwebs off.
“All of the boys were really good. I have played with a couple of the lads at some of the clubs I’ve been at previously, and I know a couple of them from off the field, so it’s made settling down here a little easier.
“I can’t wait to get back out on the field and play for this club, so I’m just really excited to get going and make my debut for Hull FC.”
And for head coach Lee Radford, there’s obviously a sense of excitement on landing his man – especially as it was a now or miss out kind of deal.
“I said previously that he had come up in our recruitment meetings for 2020, but it was one of them,” Radford explained.
“We became aware of his availability and if we didn’t sign him now he would have ended up somewhere else and we would have ended up missing out on him.
“To get an English back-rower at such a good age and he’s played a lot of games for his age as well, it’s good.
“Obviously the knee is an issue, everybody’s knee is an issue when you’re coming back from an ACL but he’s back fit and good to go.”
Hull also have the option of playing Savelio in the Reserves first with games coming up against Wakefield (23rd) and Featherstone (28th).
For the first time in months, Radford has options and that alone is exciting.
“I’ve spent six months where blokes have just been picked because literally we didn’t have numbers so to have that luxury of knowing that they have to perform to stay in the side is a positive one, for them and the team and the coaching staff,” he admitted.
“We’re not in a rush to throw Andre in at the deep end. We’ve got to pick up the plays and find out how he fits in the team, but he’s a back row and he’ll be competing with Mini and Manu.”
“He’s very athletic for a back row, he’s a big thing and he has a really good skill-set.
“I’ve been an admirer of him since watching him play academy, he killed us at scholarship level years ago.”
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