Hull FC had a season of ups and downs in 2017, the obvious up is their second consecutive Challenge Cup, the down, falling short in the Super League Semi-final in dramatic to Leeds in an 18-16 thriller.
Hull need the Super League title this year, even if it does mean dropping their pursuit of the triple Challenge Cup crown.
New Boys: Bureta Faraimo and Mickey Paea.
Losses: Gareth Ellis, Jordan Thompson and Mahe Fonua.
The loss of Gareth Ellis will be bigger than it appears, his input and leadership have been pivotal for the Black and whites over the last few years, the baton is likely to be passed to Danny Houghton, a more than capable leader.
Faraimo has been given a massive job to do, he is tasked with replacing the Tongan Tank, Mahe Fonua, considering Mahe was almost hitting a try a game ratio, the expectations of the winger are set very high.
Hull’s recruitment drive was quiet for obvious reasons, they have a very talented squad, I’d have maybe have liked to see another high profile forward fill the gap of Gareth Ellis, but other than that, Hull are hands down one of the best teams in the League.
Hull FC were relatively consistent all season, the only major criticism of the team would be, is that at times they left it too late to show up to the games they lost,a common theme of the Black and White’s season was that in games they scored substantially less points in the first half compared to the second.
It will be as you were in 2018, retaining the likes of Jamie Shaul and Albert Kelly in the off-season is a huge boost, their input will be incredibly valuable in the coming season. Hull FC look like they mean business, that’s why I’m predicting a top 4 Super League finish as a minimum.