Despite seeing three of his players picked in Wayne Bennett’s elite train on squad for England, Hull FC coach Lee Radford thinks some of his other players were unfortunate to be overlooked.

Radford highlighted Josh Griffin in particular as one of the unfortunate ones, highlighting his terrific form of late, but was confident if his side continued to improve and challenge this year, more Black and Whites would be in Bennett’s plans for the GB tour at the end of the season.

“I’m really pleased that we’ve got the three guys named in the EPS, but I think there are a couple more that must have been right on the cusp of being in there, but I think that will depend a lot on how we do towards the back end of the year,” he said.

“I think Griff especially is unlucky to miss out, and he must have been really close. We’ll see how the year pans out but it goes without saying that the more success we have the more chance he, and other players, will have of being in the squad.”

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