Brad Dwyer, one of Hull FC’s new recruits for the 2023 season, is keen to prove himself for the Black & Whites.
The former Rhinos hooker joined up with his new club for his first pre-season training session last Thursday, alongside ex-Leeds team mate Liam Sutcliffe.
He is also reunited with his old Warrington coach, Tony Smith, who could unleash Dwyer’s true potential.
But for now, it is all about proving himself in Black & White colours, according to the 29-year-old.
“Like it is with the start of any pre-season, there’s the usual excitement there but there’s an added element of proving myself,” Dwyer told hullfc.com.
“I’ve come in and already got a sense of the freshness around the place, with there being a new training facility and a few new faces around camp.
“At the end of the day, I just want to do the best I can and win as many games as possible this year.
“Obviously, last year was a disappointing one for Hull, and I get the impression there’s a lot of boys here who want to put that right this year. There’s a fresh feel around the place and it’s up to me to prove what I can do.”
Dwyer will also complete another move in the next couple of weeks, as he waits to collect the keys to a property in the city, as opposed to travelling into training from Leeds several times a week.
Alongside the physiological benefits of living in the same city, Dwyer wants to make the experience of representing Hull FC worthwhile.
“It’s mainly to avoid the effect travelling in a car for an hour can have on your body,” he said.
“It’s not ideal to be sat in a car for an hour when you’re about to put yourself through a training session and it’s not particularly good for recovery, either.
“The other reason is that I want to be around it. I found that making the move from Wigan to Leeds was one of the best things I did because it allowed me to get out, meet new people. You can really immerse yourself in the city whilst you’re playing there.
“Now that I’m going to be living in Hull, it means I don’t have to rush home after training and I can go and socialise with the boys after a session, which I’m really looking forward to.”