Hull FC legend Gareth Ellis has confirmed that he will play on next season.
The 38-year-old has hinted at the possibility in recent weeks, and now he just needs to work out a deal with Hull FC.
Ellis of course came out of retirement ahead of the Golden Point win at Wigan, and his impact on the side can never be under-appreciated.
He’s the once in a generation player that inspires others to greatness, and it’s absolutely brilliant news to hear that he will definitely be going round again.
“I have decided I do want to carry on playing in 2020 and and I’ve spoken now to Hull FC about doing just that,” Ellis stated in his Yorkshire Post column.
“I’ve not agreed anything with them yet but we’ve had chats and it’s something I hope to get sorted.
“It excites me. I’ve done it this year where I’ve come out of retirement and had about a month’s preparation before being thrown in at the deep end. I’m excited by what I could do after a full pre-season.”
Ellis had just the one Reserve game before his first team comeback, and was then thrown in at the deep end.
Hull then won their next three fixtures, at Wigan, at Huddersfield, and then hammered Leeds at home.
Ellis meanwhile is still bending people at his grand old age and his influence and impact is never in doubt.
Hull hope to have Ellis back from an Achilles injury soon, with the player confident he can pick up where he left off.
“I’m feeling pretty good now and hoping to be back playing in the next couple of weeks,” Ellis explained.
“Gradually over the weeks I felt like I was getting there and performing at that level. I’ve had a bit of a setback with this injury I’ve got which probably could be contributed to the fact that I’ve not done a pre-season.
“Hopefully I can build again as we look to enter the business end of the season challenging on both fronts. But it actually excites me to think about next year, how I could have a proper pre-season and what I could do on the back of that with some proper foundations built around my body.
“There’ll probably be times when I will need a rest on shorter turnarounds. That’s up to me to be honest with myself, not just thinking I’ll be able to play every week.”
The type of role Ellis will have then will be different to ones gone by, but there’s no doubt he can add something to Hull FC next season.
Alongside a pack that has adapted with the rest of the side to be a slicker more skill full outfit, Ellis’ fire and punch will be most welcome.
“I do believe I can have an impact and an effect on what we do next year,” he added.
“It’s looking like we’re going to have a slightly thinner squad at Hull next year with some more quality at the top end.
”I could be a squad player, so to speak, somehow who can hopefully play maybe 20 games and add some value.
“I think Lee Radford probably sees that but also knows, from a leadership point of view, I can add that sort of presence as someone who has been there and done it before.”