Jordan Abdull buoyed by Hull FC recruitment as early John Cartwright verdict made

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Jordan Abdull is determined to get Hull FC back up to where he feels they should be next season, with the half-back ‘encouraged’ by the club’s recruitment so far. The Black and Whites have signed four players this season, with Tom Briscoe, Yusuf Aydin, Jed Cartwright, and Treigh Stewart all joining the club. They’ll be joined by John Asiata next year, not to mention Zak Hardaker, Oliver Holmes, Ed Chamberlain, and Amir Bourouh.

Abdull, meanwhile, believes the new signings are exactly the calibre of player needed to get Hull firing again, with experience valued to complement what is a young squad. The 28-year-old, who debuted at the Black and Whites a decade ago, is inspired by his memories of his first spell at the club, with the Hull-born kicking supreme part of the squad that won the Challenge Cup final back in 2016.

Ultimately, the end goal is to achieve those heights again, but Abdull knows it’s not going to be an overnight turnaround from where the club are now. However, he’s buoyed by what he’s seen so far, with the club appointing John Cartwright as their new head coach for 2025 while striving on and off the field to challenge in the right half of Super League again.

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Speaking in his first interview since re-signing for the club, Abdull said: "Seeing Hull struggle so far this year hasn’t been nice, but I’m really encouraged by the recruitment ahead of next year. It can take a while to get back on your feet, but when you’re able to put a strong squad together and perform consistently on the field, then momentum can really take hold of you.

"At the end of my career, I would love to be able to reflect on my second spell at Hull FC and be proud of the fact that I contributed to helping get the club back to where it should be, in my opinion. And that’s a challenge that really excites me.

"When I was coming through as a kid, the club was in a good place. Obviously there were the two Challenge Cup wins, and I remember how good it was to be in and around the squad at that point, so I’d love to get back to that, but I know it will take some time rather than be an instant surge.

"There’s an incredible fan base at Hull FC, and looking at the club from a wide point of view, you can see that there are a lot of good things happening there. There’s a really strong academy; commercially, they’re thriving despite the recent on-field form, and the club delivers really positively in the community, as well. It would be great to turn that around on the field because the foundations are already in place to be one of the top clubs in the country."

And as for Cartwright, who has signed a three-year deal like Abdull, not to mention the likes of Asiata, the half-back has heard good things, with the Australian coach boasting an impressive CV that has seen him work with some of the highest profile coaches in the game, including the likes of Michael Maguire, Kevin Walters, and the late Paul Green.

"I think that if you take a look at John’s CV, you can see that he’s been at some of the best clubs and he’s worked alongside some of the best coaches," Abdull explained. "That can only bode well for us.

"I know that there’s some areas of my game that I need to work on, and that’s a challenge for me to get ready for. It’s not something I’m going to wait until pre-season for. I know that I need to work on that stuff now and in the off-season so that I can hit the ground running for John’s first day at the club.

"What I really liked about what John said in his first interview with the club was the fact that there’s going to be a lot of hard work, but he also said there will be a lot of enjoyment amongst the group when we’re playing. He wants us to enjoy ourselves, and that’s all you want to hear as a player.

"I know Richie Myler is new to the role of Director of Rugby, as well, but I like a lot of what he has done since he has taken over. He’s come to the club wanting to make a change, and I have the utmost respect for him for that."

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