Brett Hodgson explains character of Hull FC winger Harvey Barron to respond in Toulouse win

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Brett Hodgson has explained the mental components that his Hull FC winger Harvey Barron had to pass to play Super League again. After a tough night against Wakefield, the 19-year-old starred in the win over Toulouse Olympique on Sunday afternoon, scoring two tries and doing his job under the high ball and with his backfield carries.

That drew praise from his head coach post-match, who also went on to describe what it's like after a game like the Wakefield one, even recalling an experience he had playing for Huddersfield.

In Hodgson's view, it's testament to Barron for rising above it, who made his third appearance of the season against the opponent where he made a try-scoring debut last month.

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"There's a couple of things Harvey had to understand and that's that it can happen to anyone," Hodgson explained. "I actually told him of an experience I had when I was at Huddersfield.

"I played against Warrington and I had five direct contributions off bombs and errors. It can happen and it's not about that experience. It's about how you then have the confidence and the trust and then the practice to get yourself out of it and believe that you can.

"I think that's the most important thing for Harvey. He has the skill but he had a bad day. We know that and he knows that but his response has been excellent."

Naturally, Barron wanted to play at Salford on Thursday night, and Hodgson revealed last week the tough call he had there, instead opting for Davy Litten, with the latter also playing against Toulouse.

However, Barron knew he'd get another shot, and that gave him the confidence, with Hodgson admitting the player is well-liked at the club.

"He was gutted that he didn't play on Thursday at Salford but he knew he would get the chance this week," Hodgson continued. "He knew he had to maximise that chance and I'm really proud of him.

"The players like Harvey. He's a character and he's come out of his shell a little bit this year. I'm really pleased for him."


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