Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson examines Warrington Wolves and talks about new signing

Hull and Warrington could be viewed as similar in many ways: both having recent Challenge Cup successes, both well-backed financially but both still eluded when it comes to earning a maiden Super League title.

Hull coach Brett Hodgson who played 75 games for Warrington over a three-year spell and won the Lance Todd Trophy when they lifted the Challenge Cup in 2012, is looking forward to taking them on on Sunday.

Hull are looking for a fourth straight win under his command and it is no secret the Australian - appointed in November - has essentially been tasked with bringing them a first league championship since 1983.

“When you talk about it that way, in regards Challenge Cup success and not a lot of Super League success, I guess there are similarities,” said Hodgson.

Hull FC coach Brett Hodgson

“I haven’t thought about it too much to be fair.

“We’re worrying about how we can prepare well going into this game and Warrington are a very good, quality team and well coached.

“We’re looking forward to improving ourselves again and giving ourselves chance to win the game. Hopefully we’ll have success on the day.”

Hodgson, who played alongside current Warrington players Chris Hill, Mike Cooper and Stefan Ratchford during his time there, is in no doubt of his highlight with the Cheshire club.

“Winning the Challenge Cup final,” he said.

“You always want to win titles as a player and as a coach I’d love to be able to, at some stage, be on the big stage.

“I enjoyed my time there.”

On the current squad, he said: “They’ve got quality across the park. Gareth Widdop is playing well at the moment, Ratchford is always a danger and Daryl Clark from dummy-half can cut teams to pieces if they’re not respecting what they have to do in the middle.

“We’re going to have to be good, there’s no doubt about it.

“I felt Warrington, although they weren’t great in round one, I thought they were excellent against Leigh two weeks ago and in the Challenge Cup game, they played a team in a lower division and you don’t always see the best of quality in those games.

“We’re expecting Warrington to be a really tough challenge.”

Meanwhile, Hull have signed wing/centre Mitieli Vulikijapani on a first-team contract following a successful trial period throughout the club’s 2021 pre-season.

The Fijian has impressed throughout pre-season earning a one-year deal, with the option for the club to extend further.

The British Army serviceman has been granted a release from active service to pursue his opportunity with the Black and Whites and comes into the 21-man squad for the Warrington game after switching from rugby union.

Hodgson said: “Mitch has a lot of potential and we’re excited to continue to develop that.

“Coming from the other code, we have had to teach him some new systems and make sure that he showed the traits and characteristics we were looking for, and he has done that; he’s strong defensively and I’m confident that he’s going to play his part this season.

“He’s a very likeable character, always smiling, and always asking questions and willing to learn, and he has a strong work ethic too – he has moved away from his family which is a big commitment, but thankfully it has paid off.”