HULL FC’S Jordan Abdull said he was always confident of being able to make an early comeback from a broken leg.
The young half-back returned to action a couple of weeks ahead of schedule in Friday’s 34-18 defeat to Super League leaders St Helens.
Abdull fractured his leg during the 25-24 defeat against Catalans Dragons on April 28 and missed nine games in total.
However, he quickly looked assured and composed against Saints, kicking well and helping Hull actually get in front approaching the hour mark.
“I really enjoyed being back out there after recovering from my injury,” said Abdull.
“It was a bit of a weird feeling waking up in the morning with the pre-game nerves I’ve not had for a while. I felt like I put in a good performance, but it’s just a shame we couldn’t get the result to match my feeling of happiness to be back out there.”
Abdull, 22, added: “I did feel good.
“I feel sore now after the game but I was confident going into it that I’d be able to get through.
“I trust the physios and the conditioners here and they said I was good to go.
“You have to back them. I had really good communication with them and I went into the game confident I was good to play.”
I felt like I put in a good performance, but it’s just a shame we couldn’t get the result to match my feeling of happiness to be back out there.Jordan Abdull
When Albert Kelly dived over in the 52nd minute, Hull built up an 18-10 lead and looked capable of pushing on to end Saints’ 11-match winning run.
However, the leaders rallied with some brilliance from two-try Jonny Lomax and eventually pulled away.
Hull have won just once in their last four league games and are now five points adrift of the top four ahead of Sunday’s trip to Wakefield Trinity.
“From minute one I thought we was going to be in with a chance in the contest,” added Abdull.
“We were confident going into the game but we just lost that ruck for the last 20 minutes. For the first hour we were the better team. We controlled pretty much every aspect of the game.
“But when you’re playing against a team with that much quality and confidence at the moment, they’re going to hurt you if you start to show fatigue. They managed to do a lot of damage in that spell. Next week against Wakefield. It’s a big opportunity for us. It’s important we start some momentum.”