He’s been back in for pre-season training for a couple of weeks, but preparations for 2018 have been tougher than the previous two campaigns according to Carlos Tuimavave.
The majority of the first-team squad are back at the Elite Performance Centre to get ready for next season with pre-season beginning a few weeks ago.
Centre Tuimavave has been back in for a couple of weeks and with two months to go until the season starts, the former junior Kiwi says it’s been more challenging that his previous two pre-seasons already.
Speaking to hullfc.com, he said: “It’s been really tough so far. It’s a lot harder than my last two years here but I believe that will put us in good stead for next season.
“The boys have been training a lot harder and I think that comes down to falling short last year. Everyone wants to make sure we don’t fall short again and by putting in the work now that will help us come the start of the season.
“The strength and conditioning staff have lifted everything and taken it up a few notches, but I think we will benefit from that.”
“Everyone wants to make sure we don’t fall short again and by putting in the work now that will help us come the start of the season.”
The Black and Whites retained the Challenge Cup for the first time in their history last season, but fell short of making a first Grand Final appearance since 2006.
Tuimavave, who’s played a key role in the club’s success over the last couple of years, began 2017 in at right centre but spent the majority of the year on the left side, forming a strong partnership with Fetuli Talanoa as well as Mark Minichiello and Marc Sneyd.
With Bureta Faraimo coming in next season and plenty of other players pushing for first-team places, the 25-year-old feels the competition for places will benefit the squad to bring the best out of them.
“The competition we have is really good and it’s healthy for the squad to have that next season,” he said.
“We have a very powerful backline and some very talented players in there and we know that our spots aren’t secure.
“I feel as though I formed a good partnership with Tules (Fetuli Talanoa) last year and hopefully we can kick on in 2018.”