Thursday 9 January

Tom Johnstone admits that his second ACL injury in quick succession nearly broke him, but he is delighted to return to action this weekend and is confident he’s in better physical shape now than before his serious knee injuries. He told The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven: “It was hard to take at first as I knew straight away what had happened. It broke me a little bit. I knew my right leg was better than what it had been before, that was proven by a machine test that shows the leg strength; they’ve both improved since before I was injured.”

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Lee Radford has seen enough from his two back row signings Josh Jones and Manu Ma’u already to know they will have a significant impact on his side. The pair only started pre-season just before Christmas but have already impressed with their presence and leadership. “Definitely, we got that one right. “We’ve got two very good players that will be an asset to the Super League but will also be a huge asset to Hull FC,” he said to Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson.

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Jake Trueman insists he backs Wayne Bennett to stay on as England and Great Britain coach amid claims his contract should not be renewed. The Castleford half back toured with the Lions but didn’t feature in any matches, but had nothing but good things to say about the super coach. He told Sky Sports: “I loved Wayne Bennett. I learned a lot from him and he’s a really good bloke as well. I could see where people were coming from looking from the outside in but he’s a great coach and everyone really likes him.”

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Dom Manfredi officially returned to full training this week after recovering from another serious knee injury. The Warriors winger suffered an ACL issue early in 2019 but is a chance at playing in round one of Super League 2020, with Adrian Lam delighted with his progress. “This is Dom’s first full week in, whether he’s right for round one I’m not sure, but if he’s not he won’t be too far off. We’ll have a good look at him over the next three weeks and get a better feel, but he’s certainly looking good,” he said to Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson.

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Tony Smith is weighing up his options for the hooking spot in his side whilst Matt Parcell serves a suspension. The Robins boss is keen to see a number of players rotate in the role throughout pre-season. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “We’ve got a number of players who train there. George Lawler has got a fair bit of experience at hooker, Elliot Minchella has been playing there a fair bit and same for Matty Gee. Dean Hadley has played a bit at hooker and has done pretty well. We’ve got a number of options at hooker until Matty Parcell comes back. Jez (Litten) has been doing terrific in training.”

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Paul McShane says Castleford are hungry for success and ready to push on after establishing themselves as play-off regulars Super League, but coming up short of winning any silverware. “We all definitely want it as players and as a club it’s something that we’re striving for. It’s just fine-tuning it and hopefully we’ve done that over this pre-season and we can now put that into practice,” he said in an interview with Yorkshire Evening Post’s Dave Craven.