Young Hull FC winger Harvey Barron on his 'dream come true' debut

Harvey Barron scores his first try for Hull FC.
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Harvey Barron was understandably delighted after a try scoring Hull FC debut. The 19-year-old winger came off the bench during the final quarter as the Black and Whites beat Toulouse 30-6 on Friday evening. He never looked back.

It wasn't just his try either. Hungry and playing with the same energy as his team-mates, Barron got his defensive reads right and also produced a couple of strong carries out the backfield.

It was another debut to remember, and it came after similar positive results for Denive Balmforth, Matty Laidlaw and Charlie Severs earlier in the season. It shows Hull's youth direction is working, and whilst there's still a long way to go, for Barron at least, it was a dream come true.

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"It was unreal," Barron said on his Hull FC debut. "Travelling all the way over here. I found out yesterday (Thursday), it was late notice, but the boys were great. They had my back and it couldn't have gone any other way.

"There were a few injuries and knocks out there. I was hoping they stopped going down so we had enough subs left for me to get on. Luckily, I got twenty odd minutes to play."

Barron scored the final try of the game following earlier scores for Ellis Longstaff, Josh Simm, Will Smith and Jack Brown. Never giving up on the play, the winger actually ran out of the field of play to get round the Toulouse man and hack the ball on, grounding it in the in-goal with inches to spare.

It was a great effort, and it was a just reward for not giving up on lost causes. Barron, still a teenager after all and having come through all the Hull FC systems, was gleaming, but there was still a sense of modesty in him.

"I don't know what happened," Barron joked on his try. "I just tried to nudge the ball back in field and see if anyone was there but luckily it bounced back to me. It was a bit of a fluke really.

"I suppose you make your own luck, but it's just a dream to score on your debut. You can't ask for anymore.

"I've come through the system at Hull. I've worked all the way up and got a chance in the first team last year but I had a bad injury and that carried through to pre-season this year.

"I've just been working on getting my confidence back and getting back to game fitness and working on all the stuff Brett (Hodgson) has been telling me about. I've been making sure my game has been improving and luckily Brett has given me a chance today."

It shouldn't be lost that Hull had a dozen players missing for the trip to Toulouse. Struggling with injuries and suspensions, they had to dig deep at times, showing a togetherness to not only ride the tough moments out, but also get a buzz from them.

"It makes it better coming in like this as you know the pressure is on," Barron admitted. "You want to get the win and especially for the travelling fans.

"You just make sure you win the ruck and get out your end, land the reads and get good contact. That was a big two points today and it helps us get towards the top six and the play-offs."

And as a young player, Barron is in no doubts that he is in the right environment. Training as part of the first team every day, he is taking it all in, learning and experiencing new things every day.

That's the club's long-term plan, and Barron is behind it every step of the way.

"We get loads of opportunities in training and in games with a few of us playing recently," he added. "They're (coaching staff) are always pushing us to make sure we're still working hard. They treat us like true professionals which is great.

"We always like to think we're a good set of lads and we're good players. The more senior boys bounce off that as well, and they accept that we're trying to get in there.

"They're good with us and teaching us along the way, making sure we keep grounded and making sure we keep working hard and not switching off or thinking we're there when we're not quite there yet."

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