Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has named a youthful squad for the first friendly of 2019.
The Airlie Birds head to League One club Doncaster on Sunday afternoon, a side coached by Richard Horne, for the annual January freeze which will feature 21 players.
The most senior players included are Dean Hadley, Danny Washbrook and Hakim Miloudi, with new signings Danny Langtree and Levy Nzoungou also set to get their first run outs in their new colours.
Elsewhere the calibre of players we’ll see resemble other squads seen in frequent friendly trips to South Yorkshire, mainly the young’uns, but still it contains a dozen cases of Super League experience, including rising centre Cameron Scott, who features off the back of captaining an England Academy series win over Australia last month.
Radford will also give travelling supporters a glimpse of some players from the controversial City of Hull Academy set up. Connor Wynne, Kieran Buchanan, and Jack Brown, all of whom have signed first team contracts, will be joined by Charlie Patterson Lund, Josh Atkinson, Jack Bartlett and Jordan Webster.
Brown is a no-nonsense prop forward, whereas Buchanan is a talented centre that did make a Reserves appearance in 2017. The rest we ain’t got a clue about, and won’t pretend otherwise.
Charlie Graham, signed in the off-season from rugby union, will be given a run out too. Fellow dual coder Andrew Bulman left the club last month.
Most interestingly so, Fijian trialist winger Ratu Naulago, first revealed to be training in these parts by UTC on social media, is included, as is former employee of the old enemy Jordan Cox, who’s trained with Hull in pre-season.
A more senior squad is expected for the friendlies against Wakefield and St Helens later in the month.
Hull FC kick off their Super League season, floodlight permitting, at Caravan Park on Friday 1st February. Full fixtures can be found here
The full squad is as follows: Josh Atkinson, Jack Brown, Kieran Buchanan, Jack Bartlett, Jordan Cox, Brad Fash, Charlie Graham, Dean Hadley, Liam Harris, Jordan Lane, Danny Langtree, Jez Litten, Jack Logan, Masimbaashe Matongo, Hakim Miloudi, Ratu Naulago, Levy Nzoungou, Charlie Patterson-Lund, Cameron Scott, Danny Washbrook, Jordan Webster.