Brett Hodgson praises Hull FC's Davy Litten and explains Harvey Barron decision

Davy Litten went well on his Hull FC debut.
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Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson praised the performance of stand-in winger Davy Litten. The 19-year-old went well on the left wing spot at Salford, having some good moments in the game as the Black and Whites fell to a gutsy 28-18 defeat.

Making his first start for the club after a debut off the interchange last week, Litten held his own. He looks like a smart player who knows his way round the field, remaining safe under the high ball and doing the hard carries as well.

Naturally, there were some moments where he was raw, but all in all two appearances into his Super League career, Hodgson has been pleased with what he has seen so far.

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"Davy was good and he had some moments," Hodgson explained. "I’m proud of Davy. He’s come a long way in twelve months and he held his hand up well.

"He needs to find a bit of presence, but that will come with maturity. He is never afraid to take a carry, but he has progressed really well."

Litten came in for fellow youngster Harvey Barron, who was left out after playing on the left wing against Wakefield Trinity last week. Hodgson, meanwhile, admitted that it was a tough choice, and one he pondered over all week.

Ultimately, it was Harvey's best interests that swayed the Australian's thinking, with Hodgson confirming the teenager, like Litten, will be in contention for Sunday's game against Toulouse Olympique.

"I battled all week whether to play Harvey or not," Hodgson continued. "Sometimes it's the coaches job to protect the player as well and understand whether to throw that player back in the deep end or just make sure that they're protected - especially against someone with a kicking game like (Marc) Sneyd.

"I just felt it was best for him to step out of the team this week. We'll consider him again on Sunday against Toulouse."

It's a short turnaround now for Hull, who have to go again against the now relegated French side. A ridiculous situation, the double header weekend has come under scrutiny from Super League coaches and players alike.

But getting on with the task in hand despite the injury count hitting the unlucky thirteen mark, Hodgson revealed Cam Scott may be available again following an adductor injury, with Matty Laidlaw also to be considered.

"It's a big challenge now (to get ready for Sunday) but we've had this challenge for the whole of the second half of the year," Hodgson added. "It's a challenge I haven't seen before but I think Cam Scott, touch wood, will be available for us.

"I believe most of the boys got through okay. They'll be sore and a bit fatigued, but the boys that didn't play - Matty Laidlaw, Harvey, Cam, they'll all be in contention."


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