Hull FC’s top try-scorer Adam Swift has hailed his relationship with head coach Brett Hodgson as one of the main reasons behind his top form so far during 2021.
The winger has bagged nine tries in ten Betfred Super League appearances so far in 2021, owing to a remarkable turnaround in form after his first season in Black & White was ravaged by injury.
Swift will return to action on Thursday evening after a brief layoff as FC travel to take on Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Speaking on his relationship with Hodgson in his pre-match press conference, Swift said: “He’s been brilliant with me and flipped my game completely upside down. He has instilled a lot more confidence in me, and helped me get my game back down to the bare bones.
“I was always one to overanalyse and he’s helped me a simpler approach to my game.
“I was really bad for looking at too much video review, analysing my stats too much; Jon Wilkin old me once that too much water can kill he plant, and it’s true. I live by that now and Brett has helped strengthen that message.
He continued: “He gave me a good opportunity in pre-season and supported me since day one and I can’t thank hum enough for that. If I’m doing something wrong, he’ll tell me – it’s a much more simplistic approach which allows me to do my job, and the coaches can pick up on what I need to improve, which is their job.
“Rugby League is a game of trust, and to see that he has trust in me that I’ll do my job for the team is really special for me. Every players wants that feeling of trust from the head coach, and I’m lucky enough to be in that position.”
After the Black & Whites were enforced into an almost month-long break due to Covid issues, Swift is keen to see his side kick on in the coming weeks and continue their impressive league form, but not get ahead of themselves.
“We have a lot of games to catch up on, so we just need to be back out there and showing some consistent eighty minute performances.
“We’re not really looking much at the table – ultimately we want to be at Old Tarfford at the end of the season, but we’re just looking week to week at the moment. Huddersfield is this week and that is our primary focus right now.”
On the Giants, he added: “Huddersfield are a strong team, especially in the outside backs – that’s their biggest strengths and it really gets their sets rolling, with the likes of Jermaine McGillvary.
“They have some great young halves in there too – Will Pryce for example is a young raw talent who brings lots of energy and talent.
“They’re in a bit of a rut with injuries, but every tea goes through that – their youngsters are doing a good job though.
“It should be a good close game; they’ve lost heir last few games by close margins and we saw what they’re capable of in that first half against us. We won’t turn up with the wrong attitude because we know what they can bring.”
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