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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
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
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.”