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THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT IN BLACK AND WHITE

By Tom Stewart | 22/08/2014

Promising stand-off Jordan Abdull is amongst five Hull FC U19s starlets to sign long term deals with the Black and Whites as the club continue to build a team for the future around home grown talent.

Three academy graduates made the step up to the first-team this season in Jack Logan, Callum Lancaster and Abdull, with no less than ten academy graduates taking to the field earlier this season in the Super League clash against big spending Salford.

Young guns Jack Logan, Brad Fash, Jack Downs, Jansin Turgut are the four other players to have put pen to paper in committing their future to the Airlie Birds on two year deals, as the club continues to focus on building the foundations for a considered run of success in Super League, following the models demonstrated by the likes of Leeds and Wigan for the last decade.

All five players have impressed at U19s level under the stewardship of Head of Youth performance Danny Wilson, with the reward of a first team call up from head coach Lee Radford a driving force behind the youngster’s determination.

Abdull, who will be with Hull until at least the end of 2016, is determined to progress after his first taste of senior action this year.

“I am really happy to be tied down at the club for a few more years, obviously I managed to make my debut in the first team this season, and I am looking to make more progress in the pre-season and make more appearances next year,” said the 17-year old.

“My run in the first team has certainly made me feel I am a better player than what I thought I was, but still I know that I am now where near the likes of Garth Ellis yet, who is somebody that I can look up to every day in training.

“He has been playing at such a high level for years where as I have only played six or seven games, likewise with Richard Horne, I mean I can’t look any further for an idol than him, especially in my position.

“So this is a deal that I am looking to build on for years to come.”

This latest crop of home grown players will be a healthy addition to head coach Radford’s first team, with the likes of Jamie Shaul, Dean Hadley, Josh Bowden, Tom Lineham and Chris Green amongst others, proof already that the club's youth system is nurturing good talent that are progressing to the first-team.

Back rower Jack Downs, who has been a stand out performer for the U19's in recent seasons, is keen to emulate the progress of the likes of Hadley, Green and Bowden and work his way into the senior pack in years to come.

He said, “Looking at Jamie Shaul and Dean Hadley and all of those young Hull lads, they have done really well for themselves and as soon as they got their chance they took it with both hands,” said the 18-year old.

 “I am looking to do the same and this deal has given me the opportunity to do so. Seeing Jordan, Callum and Jack all making their debuts for the club has given me a real hunger, I am still working towards that and hopefully over the next two years I will get that chance.”

Experiencing his first taste of Super League at Wigan last month, 18-year old Centre Jack Logan is grateful of the chances given to him by first-team coaches Lee Radford and Andy Last and U19s coach Danny Wilson.

“Signing my first contract with the club has been one of my long term ambitions from being a child, so I’m delighted to have been able to achieve it and thank the hard work put in by all the coaches,” said Logan.

“Playing for the academy last year was great under Andy Last, and it is good to be back in with Andy this year because he has always been a great coach.

“It’s the same with Radders and Danny as well, because they're always looking to improve us youngsters and you know if you keep training hard and put the work in you will get another chance.”

He added, “Radders has put me on a lot of gym work to get me bigger and stronger, whilst on the training field I have been working a lot with Kirk Yeaman. As a young centre I feel so lucky to have somebody of that experience to help me develop.

“My debut gave me a huge confidence boost, just to be recognised as a player that could potentially play there, and hopefully in with this new deal I can work my way up to become a starting player week in week out.”

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