Radford Keen For New Good Memories at Headingley

Lee Radford has expressed his desire to see his side make new good memories at Emerald Headingely when the Black & Whites take on Leeds this Sunday.

Lee Radford has expressed his desire to see his side make new good memories at Emerald Headingely when the Black & Whites take on Leeds this Sunday.

The Betfred Super League Round 23 clash will see the Airlie Birds try to end a 12-year wait for a victory at the home of the Rhinos, with their last win coming back in 2007.

The match will be Hull’s first visit since the completion of the two new stands at the ground, and aside from the fresh feel in he stands, Radford is also hoping for a fresh start on the field.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Radford said: “We really want to flip that hoodoo on its head this week. We’ve come close in recent years - the semi-final in 2017 was perhaps the most frustrating one as we were so close to going to a Grand Final that year.

“We want to make good memories there this week.

“Headingley still sounds as noisy as it ever is, and they’re just starting to play under Richard Agar now.

“They rely heavily on dummy-half carries and the likes of Robert Lui and Jack Walker like to hit those gaps in your line. With Dwyer and Lunt, they have some real threats in that area.

“They’ve spent big in trying to make a push up the table and they have some real quality players on the field.”

Providing an update on the fitness of several members of his playing squad, Radford added: “Gareth (Ellis) will be back this week. He didn’t get the clearance in his head test last week but will be good to go this week.

“Albert (Kelly) looks like he is struggling to make this week but should be fine for the semi-final. Without doing a disservice to this game, I don’t want to set him back any longer than he needs to be out.

“Jordan (Lane) came through his game fine so he’ll be in contention.”

With a Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington now less than a fortnight away, Radford explained that place were up for grabs for the fixture at the University of Bolton Stadium, and this week’s game will act as an audition for places.

“One of the big messages to the 17 I name this week will be to not rule yourself out of contention for that semi-final coming up next week. Places are still up for grabs so it’s almost like an audition for that match.

“But we can’t overlook this Leeds game this week - you only need to look at the league table to realise how close it is. It’s important we continue to pick up the wins to finish in that third spot, and if we can go higher than that, even better.”

Story Sponsor

Monkey Nutrition