Young prop Josh Bowden admits re-signing for Hull FC was always going to be the case despite rival Super League clubs showing an interest in his services.
Bowden, 22, has penned a new two-and-a-half year deal after an excellent start to the campaign saw him keep experienced front-rows like Feka Palea’aesina and Liam Watts on the sidelines.
“It’s massive for my confidence when you are in the team and you see the quality players who are missing out,” he admitted.
“It’s a big driving force for me too. As pre-season was going along I started to think I had a chance of playing regularly because it was going really well.
“When we started pre-season it was a different feeling; I knew we had Feka and Mickey (Paea) coming in to add to our pack and it was going to be really tough.
“But I got my chance and I’ve managed to stay in the team.
“I was made aware of one or two other offers that had come in for me but that has never crossed my mind. I’m only focused on playing for Hull – my hometown – and playing well. It’s pleasing to be rewarded with a new deal.”
Having such an experienced former prop as Lee Radford as his head coach has certainly aided his development.
“Lee coached my in the Under-20s and I’ve been coached by (assistant) Andy Last since I was 16-years-old,” continued Bowden.
“They know me really well, know what I am good at and what I bring to the team. They’ve brought it out of me week in and out, which is great for me.”
Hull sit sixth having won half of their 10 Super League games so far and host struggling Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday.
“It’s a big game for them, but it’s a massive game for us too because we want to get some consistency with our results,” added Bowden.
“It’s important to get on a run of results to do that but we know they’ll be fired up as well.”