Liam Sutcliffe says Hull FC are looking to build on their pre-season performance against Sheffield Eagles a fortnight ago in Sunday’s friendly with Wakefield Trinity.
The Black & Whites came from behind to take a 22-20 victory in that match, blowing away the proverbial off-season cobwebs in the process.
Now as Hull prepare for their final friendly match ahead of the 2023 Betfred Super League campaign, Sutcliffe says the Black & Whites are working towards making further progress on the field.
“We weren’t necessarily too happy with the performance at Sheffield, but it was an early learning curve for the group and it was probably what we needed so early in pre-season,” he explained.
“We have done a lot of work in breaking that game down and looking at where we can improve on certain things as a team and all of the lads have really embraced that on the field.
“We’ve had some really constructive and positive training sessions and now we’re looking to build on that stuff going into Wakefield this weekend.”
Sutcliffe will make his first appearance for the club at the Be Well Support Stadium on Sunday, after he was named in Tony Smith’s 23-man squad yesterday.
His last appearance was in the Grand Final for ex-club Leeds Rhinos, so after several months out of action, the 28-year-old is chomping at the bit to get back on the field.
“I’m ready for it – I’m excited! It’s been a while since I last played a game and it feels like pre-season has been really long,” he said.
“I’m excited for my first run out as a Hull player and just getting back out on the field to be honest.
“These games are also really good to see where you’re at fitness-wise, both as an individual and as a team.”