REIGNING Steve Prescott Man of Steel Danny Houghton admits Hull FC will not settle until they win more silverware.
The Airlie Birds ended their long wait for a first victory at Wembley last year after defeating Warrington Wolves to claim the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
However, despite leading Super League for much of the campaign, they fell short at the death in that competition and missed out on Old Trafford.
Hooker Houghton, whose brilliant form earned him the award as the competition’s best player, starts the new campaign with Hull at Wakefield tomorrow and he maintains they have unfinished business.
“Winning the Challenge Cup was the pinnacle for me being a Hull lad and growing up around the whole thing about never winning at Wembley,” he said.
“It was massive. It was a memorable week for the club and for us as players.
“But that’s done now. We want to win more silverware. We have a taste for it. And the next one and pinnacle for anyone’s career is to win that Grand Final. It’s no different for me.”
He is anticipating a tough opening fixture at Wakefield who have recruited well under Chris Chester, who won the Challenge Cup as a player with Hull in Cardiff in 2005.
Houghton, 28, admitted: “I think they’ll be competing.
“They look really strong. Last season they brought some young kids through who really impressed and they have another year under their belts now as Super League players.
“I expect big things from Trinity.
“They’ve signed some very good players, too, and we know they’ll be a massive ask first up.
“But we can’t wait now. It’s been a long off-season and everyone’s itching to get going.
“We’ve done what we’ve needed to do. Results haven’t gone our way as such in pre-season and performances haven’t been what we wanted.
“But we’ve drawn a line under that now and know we really need to improve as Wakefield do look really good.”