Young full-back Davy Litten has reflected on his first appearance for the senior side in Sunday’s pre-season clash against Bradford Bulls.
Litten, who signed a three-year deal with the first-team on Saturday, was one of the stand-out performers in a squad that featured just four players over the age of 21 at Odsal Stadium.
The 18-year old, a product of the Hull FC Centre of Excellence, will hope to use the fixture as a learning curve as he pushes for selection for the squad in competitive fixtures over the coming years.
Speaking to hullfc.com after the match, Litten said: “It was tough – that first carry you take, you’re a bit nervous but once that was out of the way, I really enjoyed the experience.
“I thought all the boys dug deep and we showed some real effort and enthusiasm. Now it’s time to go away and work on those smaller areas of the game that we need to get right.
“It was my first full eighty minutes for a while too so I’m definitely feeling it!”
Litten also reflected on his on-field battle with Bull’s half-back Declan Patton.
“Bradford’s players obviously know the game well at this level, and they’re all strong blokes. Dec Patton ran me around in the first-half with his kicking game, but I managed to control that a bit in the second-half after a bit of a chat with the coaches at half-time.
“The last 15 minutes of that game was effectively last year’s academy side, so that’s something to be really proud of.”
Having signed his first professional contract just 24 hours earlier, Litten said he felt pressure going into the match, but after an impressive performance, he’s determined to stay grounded.
“I felt a bit of pressure coming into the game having my contract announced just yesterday, but I think I settled in well.
“It’s important to stay grounded though and not get ahead of myself. We have some top professionals throughout the squad here who I’m excited to learn from over the next few months.”