SUPERMAN SIGNS ON AGAIN
By Matt Holden | 12/10/2013
Hull FC fans’ favourite Richard Whiting will celebrate his testimonial with the club by signing a new two-year contract extension.
The Black and Whites’ dependable back rower, who is just as comfortable playing across the backline as he’s done numerous times in recent seasons, will stay with the club until at least the end of 2016.
Speaking to www.hullfc.com, Whiting said, “This is my club, it’s my home and I am very proud to represent Hull FC.
“I have had a great ten years with the club, but I am just as excited about the future now as I was when I joined in 2004.
“There have been some significant changes over the last few weeks which I know will be good for the club and I am looking forward to working with Lee (Radford) and the coaching staff.
“The players are excited about getting started under the new regime and I think we have the makings of a really good squad going into next season.
He added, “It’s a dream come true to earn a testimonial with the club, as it was to finally walk out at Wembley.
“Our aim now is to get back there and win and finally show we can become a consistent force in Super League. I can’t wait to play my part in that again next season.”
Having made 224 appearances racking up an impressive 71 tries, 19 goals and 2 drop goals, the 28-year-old has played in every position for the club since making his debut in 2004.
After joining from Featherstone Rovers as a junior, he has had a notable career with the Airlie Birds earning Supporters’ Player of the Year for the last three seasons, Super League Young Player of the Year in 2005 and Super League Community Player of the Year in 2009.
He has also represented England, as well as featuring for Hull in the 2006 Super League Grand Final and the career highlight of a Challenge Cup win at the Millennium Stadium in 2005.
Head coach Lee Radford believes the decision is a no-brainer and was one of the first jobs on his to-do list when he started his new role.
“Rich was one of the first players I met with when I was appointed and we discussed various aspects of the club,” he explained.
“He understands what it means to play for Hull FC, he understands the importance of making a significant contribution in every game you play and is an intelligent footballer.
“He has shown why he is so valuable to us over the last few years, playing just about everywhere, and that versatility is something we don’t want to lose from his game.”
He also added, “He is a student of the game and whilst he still has some good years left in the tank playing wise, I know he will have a bright future in the game long after he hangs up his boots.”
Whiting was awarded a testimonial by the club and the RFL which is due to start in December this year and will include a friendly fixture during pre-season.
Like Richard Horne, he will now be heavily involved with the club’s performance department over the coming years with a view to moving into a full-time coaching role with the Black and Whites when he retires.