Will Wallis is our latest Hull FC Academy Player in Focus as we profile some of the Black & Whites’ future stars throughout 2020.
Wallis has already had a taste of Challenge Cup action – he represented local side Beverley in the early rounds of the competition.
Following his move to the NRL, Wallis idolises John Bateman, who plays in his position.
With hopes to follow in Bateman’s footsteps, Wallis is looking to build a resume of consistent performances.
Tell us about how you got picked up for the Hull FC Academy.
I was playing at West Hull U15/16s before I got picked up by the Scholarship side. I actually originally turned down my Academy contract so I could concentrate on my college work - I was studying Business, Law & Accounting at Wyke College.
But I continued playing at Beverley in the NCL in 2019, before getting picked up once again.
What have you been doing in terms of training while on lockdown?
We have been given a home programme which involves a lot of stuff with resistance bands. I’m lucky enough to have some weights at home too in the garage so I can get a few extras in as well. It is a hard time to be a player but you just have to get on with it.
How do you think you started the 2020 season?
As a team, we started the season really well. We have the potential to do well in this league this season. In terms of me personally, I feel like I was playing some of the best rugby so far in my career. It was nice to get a couple of tries under my belt too.
You’ve also made the step-up to the Reserves - how did you find that?
I’ve played two games for the Reserves too and that helps get me a bit more experience under my belt. From playing men’s rugby last year, I was already suited to playing at that step up but it is definitely a lot more intense when you get to that level.
Where would you like to be in two years time?
In two years time, ideally I would love to have a first-team contract. Obviously we don’t know when rugby is going to come back but that means that them performances when we get back are even more important because we’re going to have less time to show what we’re about as players this season.