Michael Shenton sends Hull FC debutants a Magic Weekend message ahead of derby

Charlie Severs of Hull FC
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Hull FC emerging talent coach Michael Shenton would be full of pride should either of Matty Laidlaw or Charlie Severs make their Super League debuts this weekend. The duo were both named in Brett Hodgson's 21-man-squad for Sunday's clash against Hull KR.

Arriving at the club after finishing his playing career at Castleford last year, Shenton has made an instant impact at the Black and Whites, taking charge of their academy and reserve teams whilst trying to make the long-term youth development aspirations of the club a reality.

Already this year Denive Balmforth had made his Super League debut, with Charlie Severs, Harvey Barron, Davy Litten, Matty Laidlaw and now Lewis Martin, who played in the academy side against Wigan just three days after turning out for the reserves, making the first team 21.

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"If Matty and Charlie make it, then that's outstanding," Shenton told Hull Live. "That's what it's all about and when your backs are against the wall and you're digging deep, for the head coach to fall back and have that confidence in calling up those players, that's great for me.

"It shows the system is working and we've been really patient with those boys as well and that's been really important."

Of course, should any of Hull's young players be selected, then they will make their first team debuts at the Magic Weekend. Featuring all twelve teams in the competition, it's one of Super League's biggest events.

Not that, in the eyes of Shenton, would add any pressure to any young player making their debut, though, with the Hull coach, who enjoyed a 400-game professional career, saying it's those type of occasions that should be relished.

"It's exciting for them, potentially making their debuts at the Magic Weekend," Shenton continued. "I think St James Park is probably one of the best places I ever played. I loved it up there and to play in Magic Weekend, in a Derby, how special would that be.

"It would make them kick on and make them want to get even better. Speaking from experience, it gives you that purpose too and that drive to really kick on and keep going, but for the club who want to start blooding players, it's really important."


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