George Cochran is this week’s Hull FC Academy Player in Focus as we profile some of the Black & Whites’ future stars throughout pre-season, in association with academy partners G&J Staffing.
Prop forward Cochran shares the same ambition as all of his academy team mates – to play for Hull FC in Super League one day.
The former Malet Lambert School student, who previously played at local amateur clubs East Hull and Skirlaugh is looking to build his skill set to make him a better front-rower.
Standing at almost 6 foot already, Cochran could develop into a strong prop forward in a few years.
Tell us about how you got picked up by the Hull FC Academy.
I first got picked up a few years ago when I was playing at East Hull. I was on the community development squad, but then actually stopped playing for a while to take up boxing. I picked it back up again a couple of years back for Skirlaugh.
Then in the summer of 2019, I was picked up by the City of Hull Academy and obviously now represent Hull FC.
How are you finding your time with the Hull FC Academy?
I’m really enjoying my time with the Academy at the moment. All the boys are great to be around every day and its a really good environment.
I’m part of the Hull FC Sports College too which is a really good opportunity too. So I do some training with the Development Academy side too, as well as getting my education needs in as well through the club.
How are you the Hull FC Academy dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?
We have all been sent a home programme to do away from training. We have gym work, resistant-band work, conditioning and a lot of other stuff to complete to make sure we’re in good shape when we get back.
It’s a frustrating time for all this to be happening at this stage of our careers, but we just need to make sure we’re ready and hit the ground running when we come back.
And we understand your younger brother is part of the Scholarship setup to?
My younger brother is on the Scholarship side as well, so we’re training together at home and keeping each other motivated.
It is an important few months ahead for us. Now is the time in your career where you find out if you’re going to push on