Mickey Paea is excited to get back out on the field for his first hit out of 2019 against Wakefield Trinity on Sunday.
Like many of his fellow senior Hull FC colleagues, the former Tonga international will make his first outing of the season this weekend, after a young squad defeated Doncaster last Sunday.
Supporters are looking forward to seeing a strong side take on Wakefield this Sunday, and Paea is equally as excited to get back out on the pitch.
“I’ve spent pretty much the whole of pre-season running around the field and working in the gym. It’s been a long slog, but when you’ve been working so hard at something for so long, it makes you excited for your first game back,” Paea said.
“Pre-season games are a good opportunity to make a positive account for yourself. You can blow off the cobwebs and build up some combinations with your team mates and make sure things are ready for Round One.
“I’ve done all that I possibly can to get ready for game time. The last eight or nine weeks have been hard and hopefully we can show that it’s been worth it.”
Pre-season training has also been a window of opportunity for a number of players to recover from their respective injuries, which caused disruption for the Black & Whites towards the end of last season.
Paea says it’s refreshing to see his team mates getting back to full fitness and he is looking to taking to the field with them.
“It’s great to see that so many players are feeling fit again after recovering from injury and it will be good to get back out there together,” Paea said.
“I know it’s been a long time since Albey’s [Albert Kelly] last game and Jake Connor is back at full fitness now. It’s good to see some of those players coming back.
“Like I said earlier, pre-season games will allow us to develop some combinations and for guys like Albey and Jake it will be a case of building that match fitness.”