After a poor result last week which saw them fall to a 24-8 defeat to Salford Red Devils, Hull FC are preparing for Friday’s home match against Catalans Dragons coming off the back of two consecutive defeats.
However, the Airlie Birds are set to welcome back the mercurial talent of Albert Kelly, a man who has missed the team’s last three matches following a head injury in the reverse away to Castleford Tigers at the end of February. However, subject to a head test this week, the Aussie is in line for a return against the struggling Frenchmen, themselves coming off the back of a poor result after being defeated 26-0 at home by Warrington on Saturday.
While Kelly is close to a return, the same can’t be said for the team’s three other injured stars. While team captain Danny Houghton has made a good recovery from injury, it is believed that this weekend’s match is coming just too soon to welcome back the 29 year old. He should, however, return for Good Friday’s trip to Craven Park for the Hull derby. Sika Manu and Mickey Paea are both set to continue spells on the sideline and there has been no return date announced yet for the two forwards.
Across the city, KR coach Tim Sheens has confirmed the club are working hard to sign up players who’s contracts are set to expire at the end of the current campaign. While the club haven’t yet offered deals to those with contracts coming to an end, chairman Neil Hudgell was relaxed, explaining that “we’re still recruiting and it won’t be long before we have to start offering contracts to people. Over the next few weeks, it will be crucial, and it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.”
In a move away from the team’s Super League set up, KR’s Australian helmsman confirmed that there is Championship interest in compatriot Kieran Moss, the utility back currently on loan at League 1 York City Knights. Toulouse had supposedly expressed interest in signing the player on a permanent deal but, instead, Sheens revealed that both KR and Moss himself are happy with the player’s current situation. The coach added that “I’m not keen to move anyone at the moment. We can’t afford to drop our depth to a great degree,” further stating that “It’s a long season and we need to keep as many players available as we can in key positions and Kieren is capable of many.”
Moss started at full back for the Knights as they conquered Championship club Swinton Lions on Sunday as they reached the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, their reward being the chance to host Super League’s Catalans in mid April.