Harsh words to end 2018 really benefited me, admits award winning Griffin

Hull FC centre Josh Griffin admitted the harsh words he had with coach Lee Radford at the end of last year inspired him to raise his game after he cleaned up every major club award this week.

The former Salford man took out Hull’s Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year and was also the winner of Try of the Season after impressing individually in an up and down campaign for the Black and Whites.

Talking to BBC Radio Humberside ahead of his side’s crunch match against St Helens in a a last gasp attempt to break into the top five, Griffin highlighted some honest conversations with Radford and club owner Adam Pearson about his own poor form at the end of 2018 as a major factor for his consistency this year.

“I think this is the most games I’ve played in a season and I haven’t missed much training, I had an operation in the off season and came back refreshed,” he said.

“At the end of last season I wasn’t where I needed to be, we’d lost 11 games in a row and as a senior player I wasn’t stepping up to the mark and I heard some truths that I think I needed to hear.

“I had a sit down with Lee Radford and Adam Pearson and had some good frank discussions about where I was at at and that really put the fire in my belly and I wanted to prove some people wrong.

Griffin also admitted that he was in a much happier place on and off the field this season after staying off the majority of social media to take a more relaxed attitude to his form.

“I’ve stayed away from social media more this year and not invested in the highs and lows of it all, which I think has really benefited me,” he added.