Jordan Abdull braced for Hull KR vitriol amid defiant declaration ahead of return

Hull FC have signed Jordan Abdull for the 2025 season.
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Catalans Dragons star Jordan Abdull maintains he has no point to prove on his Hull KR return but expects to come under fire.

The one-time England stand-off faces his parent club for the first time since his surprise season-long move to Perpignan. Rovers boss Willie Peters has run with Tyrone May at number six this term who, ironically, came in from Catalans in the off-season. Kicking master Abdull, who played 60 games for the Robins over two spells, has shown glimpses of his best with the Dragons.

But he has agreed to rejoin Hull FC on a three-year deal in 2025 which might rile some of the home faithful when he steps out at Craven Park on Saturday evening. Abdull admitted: “I am expecting hostility. I know I spent a long time at Hull KR and had some great times there.

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“I’d like to think I played an important role in the rebuild of Rovers and quite a big role in getting them into the top-four side they are now. But I am signing for Hull FC next season so I kind of know what I’m going to get! It’s all good fun. It’s a game of rugby at the end of the day. I’m there to do a job.”

The 28 year-old, capped by England as recently as 2021 on the back of some stellar Robins form, has seen his career take an unusual twist of late. But he insisted: “I don’t think I’ve a point to prove. The last 18 months of my time at KR was frustrating due to injuries.

“But even before that, I’d like to think I played an important role for KR. It’d be nice to go back and play to my ability and put myself out on display a little more than I have in some of my performances this year. There’s mixed emotions about coming back but overriding one is excitement.

“I did everything I could with my time at KR to try and make the club better and try and make myself a better player. If I take my biased goggles off I’d say I did that under Tony Smith and the brief time I had with Willie [Peters] I was a main part of what we did. But in terms of a point to prove, it’s probably more to myself and Dragons. My focus is on Catalans and trying to win this week as that would put us in a good position for the rest of the season.”

Sixth-placed Catalans ended a three-game losing run by beating Huddersfield last time out. They worked through the international break in readiness for a trip to opponents who have flown near the top all year.

Abdull explained: "We were in training quite a lot. We mirrored the French national team training so we played the game on the Saturday, had a get-together on the Sunday as a team, then had Monday and Tuesday off the same as the French national team. Then, from Wednesday, the France team was in camp and Tom Johnstone was with England, and the rest of Catalans were all training.

"So we’ve been preparing for this game since last Wednesday. We made the decision a few weeks ago. As a group we understood we probably weren’t in a position to have the extended break off. We probably needed to train, stay around each other and sort some of the issues out that had been happening on the field. The only way you can do that is by spending time on the training field and that’s what we’ve done."

Last season's beaten Grand Finalists had slipped off the pace before getting back to winning ways with a 22-18 victory against Huddersfield. Asked how crucial it is that they now string some wins together, Abdull admitted: "It’s so important. We’ve had a pretty tough run the last two months and by Catalans standards over the last two or three seasons we've definitely under-performed.

"Even the win over Huddersfield, we were really good for 40 minutes going 22-0 up and then we slipped back into the form and the habits we’ve probably had for the last two months and it nearly cost us. It was important for the group and the confidence of the group that we managed to come away with a win given there was a couple of points in that second half where it looked like we might not come away with it. "But now we’ve got that first win in a while it’s definitely going to do us the world of a good and now we’re at that point of the season where we’re playing top teams.

"We’re playing against another in Hull KR. I’m excited about the prospect and I get to do it against technically my employers and my former club and some of my old mates and the fans who were a big part of my career for the last four or five years. But we need to be taking points off them and catch up as at the minute we’re not where we want to be in that table. The only way we can get there is by beating the sides around us."