Hull FC prepare for two big selection calls as full-back and wing spots addressed

Hull FC winger Harvey Barron celebrates his first try of the season.
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Simon Grix has two big calls to make to his Hull FC line-up this week, with the full-back and left-wing spots up for grabs.

Locked in a battle for the full-back position, Logan Moy and Jack Walker are both in contention to play at Huddersfield Giants on Friday night, with Harvey Barron and Lewis Martin also in competition for a wing spot. Moy and Barron got the nod at Castleford Tigers last week, with Grix impressed with both accounts.

However, that leaves no guarantee this week, with the interim head coach explaining Moy’s development process with Walker gunning to return to the side after being left out at Wheldon Road.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Grix said: "Against London, we didn't play well enough. There were going to be a couple of changes. That (Moy for Walker) was the change we had at our disposal. Moy was training well, and it was an opportunity to play him. I thought Moy showed what he is last week: a bundle of energy. The club have tied him down long-term, and the plan now is to try and keep improving him every week and help him learn.

"He played a lot of hooker in the academy, and we’ve had a look at him at full-back. It's a tough position, and it will take him some time to master it, but he's doing a pretty good job. We're just trying to help him get better, and in terms of looking after him, if he's playing well, then he'll get opportunities, but if we feel like we need to pull him out and put someone else in, we will.

"In the same sense, if Wakka gets the shirt back and plays well, then it might be a while before Moy gets another opportunity. It's nice to have that option to bring him in and out."

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The same thought process applies to the wing spot, with Martin playing in 11 of Hull’s first 12 games of the year. However, Barron returned to the side last week after overcoming a fractured forehead, with Grix, who wants to see such competition across his side, conceding that the winger is in pole position to get another opportunity.

"It will depend on how they train," Grix said. “There are a lot of things in and among it. Lewis has played 11 games, and you could argue that Harvey could have played more if he didn't have his injuries.

"After the weekend, I think Harvey deserves to keep his place in the team. I thought he was good. He was solid. For his first outing in Super League for a while, he did a good job.

"But that competition is what we need, and we need it in every position throughout the first-team to get us to a spot where players are really fighting and training at the right levels so they understand what happens if they don't get to that level. We're fortunate to have two good young players there in addition to Tom (Briscoe) and Liam (Tindall), who have trained with us. They are all capable lads fighting for a spot."

And as for Briscoe, Grix says the veteran winger has been exactly what he expected so far, with his talk and experience shining through in his three games since returning to the club.

"He's a good pro, and he speaks well," Grix added. “It's something that we needed as a group—some talk and verbal leaders. You need that talk to get the messages through, and he's been great for that.

"He's good for our young lads, tipping them up on little bits. He's added a bit to our play in the background as well, with a strong carry and calmness on his edge of the field. He's been a good acquisition, just as we said he would be from the off. That’s not only for this year; he'll be great next year too, for the team and for those young lads around him."

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