Darnell McIntosh says he can’t wait to get started with Hull FC after taking a look around some of the club’s facilities earlier today.
Hull acquired McIntosh from West Yorkshire outfit Huddersfield Giants in August, with the 24-year-old looking to kick on after a prosperous start to his rugby league career.
McIntosh is currently recovering from an Achilles injury which he coincidentally sustained whilst playing at the MKM Stadium in June.
As he stepped foot inside the same ground for the first time since his injury today, McIntosh spoke of how excited he is to get started with the Black & Whites.
“It’s one of the best stadiums in the league and I’m looking forward to playing here in front of the Hull fans,” he said.
“I’ve been for a proper look around the club facilities today and they are first class.
“I’m loving it here so far and I haven’t even got started yet. I love the vibe of the place and that makes me really excited to crack on.”
With members of the first team squad set to report to the Jacuzzi Elite Performance Centre for pre-season training in just over three weeks, McIntosh insists he is focusing on moving to the local area to get a feel for the city before his Hull FC journey truly begins.
“Pre-season starts for us in the next few weeks, so I’m hoping in the time before we get started that I can get a place sorted over here,” he said.
“That is the plan because it will help me feel more settled at the start of pre-season and then I can really focus on getting started in the best possible way.
“I can continue with my rehab with the physios at Hull, who I’ve already been doing a little bit of work with over the last few weeks.
“My Achilles is in a good place at the moment, but it’s all about being patient and taking time with it. I need to make sure I keep looking after it and be careful not to push myself too hard, but things are going well so far.
“I’m hoping that by the back end of November I’ll be able to start running and hopefully not long after that I’ll be able to do some field work.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself but I could be back in full training in January time – that’s if everything goes to plan.
“I’ve not had a chance to speak to any of the boys yet, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing plenty of them in a few weeks when we’re back in for pre-season training, which I’m really looking forward to.
“It’s always good to have new faces around the place like myself, and Joe [Lovodua]. He’s only 23, so he’s going to be fresh and provide some really healthy competition within the squad.”