Hull FC Head of High Performance Paul Hatton has reflected on the Black & Whites’ opening days of pre-season at the Elite Performance Centre.
The first-team squad returned to training on Monday, joined by new recruits Adam Swift, Jordan Johnstone and Joe Cator for the first time.
Speaking to hullfc.com, Hatton said: “It’s a huge year ahead of Hull FC. What I can say is that the players give absolutely everything throughout pre-season, and you can never fault their efforts at this time of year.
“I know every one of the boys will leave nothing on the training field over the next seven weeks.
On the new recruits in the squad, he added: “I’ve spent a bit of time with the conditioning staff from the clubs we have recruited from, for example the Saints staff about Adam Swift so we already have a good idea of where the new boys are at in terms of physicality, injuries, and strengths and weaknesses.
“They’ve certainly started strongly over the opening days of pre-season and that bodes well going forward.”
Looking back at the opening week, he continued: “We kicked off day one of pre-season with a team meeting, discussing the standards we want to set throughout the coming months.
“Monday started with a tempo day with a lot of acceleration and deceleration, while Tuesday moved onto speed, with their skills at much higher tempo.
“Wednesday was our individual recovery day in which players had to do certain things in their time away from the training field. Thursday is similar to Monday, while on Friday we try and get away from the training ground and build that team spirit.
“Team bonding is a huge part of pre-season. The boys spend more time together than they do with their own wives and families, so they need to be a tight group. Within pre-season we challenge them to get through tough tasks together to try and unite them.
“If you look at the best teams throughout history, there is always a great togetherness. The great New Zealand teams preach about togetherness, and Salford is a prime example from 2019.
“Some of the team building stuff we’ll be working on will be military based where players have to work hard as a team, and solve problems to complete the tasks.”