CODE SWITCH FOR BIGGS AS HE JOINS FC
By Matt Holden | 10/10/2013
Hull FC have swooped to secure the exciting signing of home-grown star Tom Biggs until the end of 2016.
The Black and Whites have been in the market for an outside back and the Bath Rugby winger certainly fits the bill, having scored 32 tries in 127 career appearances to date.
The 29-year-old also enhances the club’s ambition to develop and deliver a squad of local talent, returning home to the team he’s supported since a boy having been brought up in Beverley.
Whilst rugby union was his calling, being spotted whilst at Hymers College, he admits it’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to sign for Hull FC.
“I think it is a big challenge in a sport that I’ve never played before, but it’s one that I’m really excited about and I’m feeling positive about working with the coaches moving forwards,” said Biggs.
“Lee (Radford) played a few games for Hull RUFC and all the guys there gave him some great feedback so I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“Adam has outlined how ambitious he is as a person and where he wants to get the club going and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of that.”
On the team and watching as a fan at Wembley recently, he also added, “I don’t know any of the lads personally, but I’m really looking forward to meeting everybody, getting involved with the training, getting my head down and working hard.
“It was great to be there to watch the Challenge Cup final and although we didn’t get the result on the day, I’m really looking forward to being part of the squad and trying to get back there again.”
Biggs has enjoyed a rewarding career in rugby union, including a Powergen Cup winners medal in 2005 with Leeds Tykes, where he became their all-time leading try scorer, as well as representing the England Saxons, England U21’s and featuring as a regular in the England Sevens set-up, a style of rugby not too dissimilar to that of league.
Having made four appearances for Bath already this season, he is a regular at The Rec and a popular figure amongst the fans having been named Supporters’ Player of the Year in 2011/12.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford believes it’s an astute piece of business and says it was Biggs’ commitment to the club and the challenge that earned him a deal.
“Tom looked very comfortable and competent playing in rugby union, but it was his enthusiasm about the prospect of leaving that to join Hull FC and the challenge in store that excited me,” he said.
“He could quite easily remain set on his current deal in union, but he was keen to have the opportunity to test himself in rugby league and play for us.
“He is a local lad and an FC supporter, which you can see means a lot to him, and we’re hoping we can nurture that enthusiasm to help him make a positive transition into our sport, which I am sure he will excel in.”