Hull FC: What they need to do to reach a Super League Grand Final

HULL FC were at their irritatingly inconsistent best once more in 2021 and it is hard to imagine them being any different next term.

Huddersfield's Darnell McIntosh is on his way to East Yorkshire for the 2022 Super League season Picture by Alex Whitehead/

Unless he is able to move some players out, Brett Hodgson will be left with largely the same squad and it has already proved difficult to get any sort of sustained performance out of them.

Early on in his first season in charge, Hull did look stronger defensively but a lot of their old issues resurfaced and they finished with a woeful run of nine defeats in their last 10 games while looking worryingly brittle.

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All manner of things need to align perfectly if Hull are to reach Old Trafford with this squad and it is hard to envisage.

Huddersfield Giants winger Darnell McIntosh and South Sydney hooker Joe Lovodua are useful additions but Hodgson will be hoping centre Josh Griffin returns fit and well from his season-ending torn Achilles.

On the brink of an England debut when he suffered that injury in June, he is one of Super League’s best centres along with team-mate Carlos Tuimavave.

But Hull also need their marquee man, the Australian stand-off Josh Reynolds, to fire more consistently. That often happens for overseas players in their second season in Super League so that, at least, is something for the Airlie Birds to hold on to. Despite all their investment, Hull’s only Grand Final appearance remains in 2006. It will be intriguing to see which way they go.

TOUGH TIMES: Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson Picture by Allan McKenzie/ H