Davy Litten shares Hull FC excitement as club look for right recruitment balance

Davy Litten insists there is 'nowhere else he wants to play' after seeing his Hull FC deal extended by two years. The 21-year-old will remain with the Black and Whites until the end of the 2026 season, who had a club-option to extend his time at the club.

Debuting in 2022, Litten currently has 23 first-grade appearances to his name at Hull, with the young back, who is capable of playing on the wing, at centre, or at full-back, looking to kick on at his boyhood club with the added excitement of a hefty recruitment drive.

Speaking exclusively to Hull Live, Litten, who returned to the first-team at Huddersfield Giants following a brief loan spell at York Knights, said: "It's been done a while now, but it was good to get it over the line. There is nowhere else I want to play.

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"This is my boyhood team and it's a dream come true every time I get to step on the pitch. I never take it for granted and I always try to make sure I'm working the hardest.

"It's something I'll always strive to do, and hopefully now at the back end of this year and next year, we can really put our foot forward on this comp. It's an exciting time for the club and hopefully, we can put all the talk behind us and turn this club around and get it back to where it belongs."

Psyched by a young core filling up the senior squad, Litten is determined to prove his worth, with the club putting a big emphasis on developing local talent with ongoing recruitment centred around putting more experience around them to help that process.

Ultimately, though, they want to produce their own players with the neccesary quality to play Super League, with Litten, who understands the balance the squad needs to find, fully behind that vision.

"I'm happy and excited to be on that journey with everyone else, especially with all the young players at the club," he explained. "We all get along and we all want to get better.

"The way it's gone this year, we've all had opportunities to play, and it's only going to benefit us later in our careers. Hopefully, we can all come through together and get this club back to winning trophies. That's where we want to be. We know Wigan and St Helens have got that core of good, young players who have come through their systems and that's exactly what's happening here.

"You need those young exciting players who bring that energy. We've just got to keep working hard and keep learning off the older players here and pick pieces from their games into ours. It's exciting times."

And while Director of Rugby, Richie Myler, has been busy in the player department, Hull have appointed a new head coach for the 2025 season and beyond, with John Cartwright set to join from Brisbane Broncos. It's something of a fresh start, with the young gun keen to impress both for the remainder of this year and going into the next pre-season, with the likes of Gareth Ellis, who returned to the club last month, also bringing a spark back to the squad.

"It's a new person to impress and a fresh start," Litten added. "He's had a great career over in Australia and I'm excited to work under him. Hopefully, he can get the best out of me and the best out of all of young players. It will be a good stepping stone to where this club wants to be and where John wants to be as well.

"Of course, we're excited with what's to come, but in the meantime, it's about what we're doing now as well. Even getting Gaz back around the place has really helped. He's a big character and a legend of the club. I love having chats with him and picking his brain. But they've all been good, the coaching staff, and they're putting us in good stead to hopefully get the win we've been waiting for."

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