Hull send Crooks to Doncaster to rebuild confidence

Hull FC's Ben Crooks, centre, chases the ball in last year's Challenge Cup final defeat against Wigan.
Hull FC's Ben Crooks, centre, chases the ball in last year's Challenge Cup final defeat against Wigan.
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SUPER LEAGUE’S Young Player of the Year Ben Crooks has been dropped by Hull FC coach Lee Radford and will, instead, play for part-timers Doncaster after doubts about his confidence and defence.

The Dream Team centre, 20, is joined by winger Joe Arundel on dual-registration at the Championship club as both pay the price for indifferent displays.

Radford, whose side have won just once in their last four games ahead of tonight’s visit from Huddersfield Giants and were knocked out of the Challenge Cup a week ago, said: “It has been a real strange one for Ben.

“He shot on the scene last year and then didn’t play after the Challenge Cup final which will obviously not be remembered by its highlights package.

“He then copped an injury in pre-season and when he’s played this year there’s been moments of brilliance with the ball, but we have to get his percentages up and decision-making in defence.

“He’s working tirelessly (but) we hope a couple of games at Doncaster wil benefit both.”

Radford also wants Crooks to increase his weight while there are reports that the East Yorkshire club will soon secure a deal for ex-New Zealand centre Setaimata Sa, struggling since leaving Catalan Dragons for London Irish 18 months ago.

Iestyn Harris has stood down from his position as Wales head coach after taking on the same role at Salford Red Devils.

Salford chairman Marwan Koukash says previous head coach Brian Noble has until tomorrow to decide if he wants to be director of rugby and has a high-profile Australian on standby if he declines.

Warrington Wolves winger Chris Riley has rejoined Wakefield Trinity on a week-to-week loan basis.