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SKIPPER PLEDGES TO TURN THINGS ROUND WITH NEW DEAL
By Tom Stewart | 20/08/2014
Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis says he
has taken the underachievement of this season personally as the leader of the
team and is determined to put it right next season after pledging his future to
The former Wests Tigers man is a long
way from thinking about hanging up his boots after a fine individual season for
the Black and Whites and looks set to play out his notable career at the KC
Stadium after signing on until at least the end of 2016, if not longer.
Joining in somewhat of a fan fare ahead
of 2013, the 33-year-old has produced some fantastic performances this season,
including eight tries, despite his team struggling for form throughout the year.
But despite such a promising season
personally, Ellis has only been focused on the team and has been hurt as
captain that he hasn't been able to influence a more positive outcome to the
“I take it personally really that we
haven’t achieved what we should have done this season, because I am the captain
and the leader of the team,” stated Ellis, after committing his future to the
club with a view to putting right a few wrongs next season.
looking forward to next year now, this new deal allows me to contribute a bit
more towards where the club wants to be.
“When I first signed at the club nearly
two years ago now, there was a lot of excitement about the place and I think
that has maybe dwindled slightly after the difficult season we have had, so
it’s nice to have the opportunity to be able to get those ambitions back on
The talismanic back rower added, “The
ambition is still there, the owner Adam Pearson is still fully behind the club,
we have a great coaching team in place, and the squad that we have got coming
into next year with the youngsters coming through means that there is a bright
future at the club.
“I know it has been a struggle for
quite some time for Hull FC to reach their full potential, but that is the
challenge for myself to be part of that development and I am hopeful it will be
sooner rather later.
“This deal has given me the chance to
make that happen, and with the stage I am at in my career, which could be quite
daunting, it is nice to not only have the security the deal offers me but a
challenge as well.”
The former Wests Tigers man is also
looking forward to working with the club's new signings next season in Marc
Sneyd and Leon Pryce, two players he believes can be a real hit at the Black
and Whites, but most notably fellow former NRL star Mark Minichiello.
Playing against the Italian
international on many an occasion down under, Ellis is confident they can form
a menacing partnership as Hull’s back row.
He said, “Mark Minichiello is coming in
and I obviously played against him a few times in the NRL for Gold Coast, he is
a great player and he’ll be a really exciting player as well.
“I’m really looking forward to playing
alongside him, and it is hard to get signings like that, he is a regular for
Gold Coast and it is hard to lure them sort of players over here with how the
game is going over there, so he is a great coup for the club.”
He added, “Obviously we have three
games left including an important derby next week and I want us to finish on a
high, but I am really looking forward to ripping into pre-season again.
“I still feel good and fresh, and I
think personally I have played some of the best rugby I have ever played in
Super League this year, so I think with a few additions for next year including
Mark, it can only get better for me.”