After beginning the 2017 season as first choice left centre for Hull FC, 25 year old Josh Griffin is now set to play second fiddle to the likes of Carlos Tuimavave and Jake Connor when the upcoming campaign kicks off.
Following an injury last season, the former Salford Red Devil lost his spot in the starting thirteen and, while he went on to play a handful of matches at right centre towards the end of the campaign, the superb form of Connor then displaced him from that position. However, as he enters his second year as an Airlie Bird, he isn’t downing tools, saying “wherever I play I’ll give it my all. I’ve spoken to Radders about being in the mix for the wing spot as well as the back row,” adding that the competition within the squad for starting shirts is strong and a good thing for the club’s hopes of a successful campaign. Going into 2018, Hull FC will be hoping to win the Challenge Cup for the third year in a row while also aiming to reach only a second Super League Grand Final – something they fell a game short of in 2017.
With the straight talking Lee Radford at the helm, the club are likely again to take no prisoners and the former player will not be allowing players in the thirteen to rest on their laurels. Griffin said that is a very honest coach who outlines where his charges are going wrong and where to improve and he has given the bulky back, further adding “I ended up going in the reserves last season for a bit after a few issues and that was the kick up the backside I needed.” While he isn’t set to start the campaign in the thirteen, that just demonstrates the strength in depth that FC have – something which they will need if they are to improve on their past two seasons.