Out Of His Comfort Zone, Jake Trueman Is Ready For New Challenges At Hull FC

The half-back has a new club for Betfred Super League in 2023
10:58, 30 Jan 2023

Jake Trueman says he’s ready to show he can thrive in a new environment after ending his six-year association with Castleford Tigers to join Hull FC ahead of the 2023 Betfred Super League season.

The 23-year-old half-back made 94 Super League appearances for the Tigers following his 2017 transfer from Bradford Bulls, eventually becoming their first-choice half and starting in their 2021 Betfred Challenge Cup final defeat to St Helens.

But he signed a three-year deal with Hull FC last year despite having season-ending surgery on an ACL injury which will keep him out until around May, and in the meantime he is loving the change of scenery under new FC coach Tony Smith.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I was at Cas for six or seven years so it’s good to step out of my comfort zone with a new club and I’m really looking forward to it,” Trueman tells The Sportsman.

“I met with Tony and all of the board, and the owner Adam Pearson, and I just thought the club can go somewhere and we can challenge for titles season after season.

“It couldn’t get much different from having a different spine, a new coach and new ideas so it’s very exciting.”

Despite his recovery meaning a delay in his Hull debut, Trueman has still been able to get stuck in since arriving at a club which is looking for a bounce-back year after finishing ninth in 2022.

“Before Christmas it was just about getting the body right, fitness wise, but now we’re starting to do a lot of team stuff with video so I can start having a little bit of input and seeing how the boys get ready. So I should be sweet as soon as I’m back. I should fit in alright,” he adds.

“You can feel that the boys wanted a change and they’re all very excited for this year. When I met with them at the back end of last year they were all gutted about that season but that can push us on this year to do something.”

And Trueman admits that the appeal of playing in a Hull derby against local rivals Hull Kingston Rovers helped to make up his mind ahead of the move to the MKM Stadium.

“I can’t wait for it, everyone speaks about it and a few of my mates play for KR so it should be interesting. I’m really looking forward to that, that’s also a big draw about joining Hull.”

The Airlie Birds get their Betfred Super League campaign underway at home to Trueman’s former club Castleford on Sunday, February 19.

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