After reporting back for his first day of pre-season yesterday, Hull FC utility forward Dean Hadley is excited to see some familiar faces again.
Hadley spent the majority of the 2017 season on loan at Wakefield Trinity, playing a part in their successful campaign which saw them finish just outside the play-off places.
Having not featured for the Black and Whites last year, Hadley is looking forward to the rest of the squad returning back over the next few weeks and knows how tough pre-season training is.
“It’ll be good when the full squad is here and we can start advancing training and it will be nice to see some old faces as well,” he told hullfc.com
“Pre-season is what it is - it’s the toughest part of the year and you’ve just got to knuckle down. Physically you’re pushed to the limit but also mentally as well.
“Pre-season is what it is - it’s the toughest part of the year and you’ve just got to knuckle down. Physically you’re pushed to the limit but also mentally as well.”`Dean Hadley knows pre-season won't be easy after reporting back yesterday
“It’s a tough period and we all do it and we have to get through it because games are only around the corner.”
Hadley was joined by the younger players in the squad on the first day yesterday, featuring the likes of Jake Connor and Young Player of the Year Brad Fash.
Jordan Abdull, who also spent 2017 away from the KCOM Stadium on loan with Hull Kingston Rovers, was another face back in for pre-season training.
The first day of pre-season training saw the players spend time doing weights and conditioning and Hadley is expecting more of the same for the rest of pre-season.
“Skill-wise it’s going back to basics a little bit in starting from the bottom and going through the plays and getting a bit of repetition there,” he said.
“We’re going to be doing a lot of weights and conditioning and I’m sure we’ll have a few hills to do as well!
“You can’t love it, but it is what it is you’ve just got to crack on and get on with it and do it to the best of your ability.”