'Positive signs' Simon Grix on Jake Trueman's return and Hull FC's defeat to Wire

Jake Trueman made his long awaited Hull FC comeback at Warrington.
Jake Trueman made his long awaited Hull FC comeback at Warrington. -Credit:SW Pix

Simon Grix believes Hull FC half-back Jake Trueman will pick up a load of 'confidence' after making his long-awaited return from an Achilles injury. The 25-year-old came off the bench for the second half of Friday's 24-6 defeat at Warrington Wolves, creating Hull's only try of the game.

Floating out a slick looping pass to Tom Briscoe to score, Trueman showed one or two glimpses of his quality, with Grix declaring that there is way more to come as he finds his groove again in the coming weeks.

Trueman is now poised to start against London Broncos next week after passing the biggest checkpoint of the lot: the mental side, with the half overseeing his second lengthy rehab period after arriving at Hull ahead of the 2023 season with an ACL rupture.

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"It's been a bit of a week for him, getting back on the field," Grix told Hull Live post-match. "But I thought he threw himself into it and did some pretty good stuff. He showed some classy touches. There were a few nice passes in there and obviously, there was the try assist for Tom at the end.

"He showed a bit of rust as well. We don't expect him to come in and be absolutely flying right away. It's going to take him a bit of time to get back in the rhythm but he showed some positive signs tonight that will do his confidence the world of good.

"We were umming and arring whether to start him but we went with the bench option to limit his game time to ease him back in. He's done the work, it was more of a mental thing. There is a strong chance he starts next week."

Grix also handed a second club out to Briscoe, who first appeared for the club at the Halliwell Jones Stadium 16 years ago. The winger scored his 91st try for the club, with the interim coach happy with his contribution not just on the night, but throughout the last week.

"Tom was good," Grix explained. "He came up with some backfield carries for us. He would have liked a few more. They were kicking away from him on purpose, I think, to keep him out of the game, but I thought he did some good stuff there.

"It's having him around this week, just his chat, he's experienced talking through the game. It's that small talk, you're not going to hear it in the stands but it is there and it does make a difference to his edge. He's a really handy pickup for us. We know how good a player he is but at the moment, he is still finding his way in a new team. With some more familiarity around him, we'll see even more from him."

And as for the game, which saw a battling Hull side go in 12-0 down at half-time, Grix was pleased with certain aspects of the performance but conceded there's a way to go in others.

"The effort was good again," he added. "We scrambled pretty hard. It's not nice to be on the end of the losing side of it. We play to win and we're playing towards that, I think. We're showing some positive signs. There is some pleasing stuff in there.

"Some individuals let us down on occasion, just some little clock-offs, probably not used to being in that contest where it is a bit of grind and we're going for set-for-set, but if we tidy them up and take our opportunities, then it may look a bit different. I do think we're heading in the right direction, but to be honest, I thought the 1, 6, 7, and 9 of Warrington just had a bit too much for us.

"They came up with some plays that separated us at times, but other than that, I thought we were in it and we came up with some good stuff. It just wasn't enough and we again made some errors early in sets when we were in decent field position.

"We don't have enough to squander those opportunities. We need to be a bit better but we're learning, you can see that in our performances. We'll take a bit out of that and move on to the next one."

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