He was in the opposite camp last year and it will be a strange feeling again for Jordan Abdull when he wears a Hull FC shirt again against Hull KR.
Abdull spent 2017 on loan at the Robins from the Black and Whites, and featured in last year’s Clive Sullivan Trophy clash for the Red and Whites, who came out on top.
However the former England Academy representative is back in Lee Radford’s camp and despite facing his former team-mates on Sunday, Abdull is keen to exhibit what he’s got in his locker.
Speaking to hullfc.com, Abdull said: “It will be like the same as last year for me - it was a strange feeling coming up against my parent club and now I’m back playing for them playing against my former team.
“I’ve had a foot in both camps after playing the last 12 months with Hull KR, but I’m excited for Sunday already.
“It’s derby day, it might be a friendly but there’s no such thing as friendlies when Hull FC and Hull KR play each other, but for me personally it’s a chance to showcase what I can do and hopefully get a win.”
The return of Abdull provides good depth in the pivots for the Airlie Birds, who will be having an eye on the start of the season.
Lee Radford’s men kick off against Huddersfield Giants on Thursday 1st February and then head to New South Wales in a historic tour for their round two clash with Wigan Warriors.
Abdull hopes he can do enough to impress the Hull boss during the two warm-up matches to cement his place in FC’s squad and earn a spot on the plane to New South Wales.
“It’s important for me to perform and to turn up with the right attitude for those warm-up games to earn my place in the team,” he said.
“There’s only 24 places on the plane to New South Wales and it would be great to be a part of that, however my aims are to make sure I’m in the 17 for Huddersfield and kick on from there.”