Hull FC coach Lee Radford believes young hooker James Cunningham has a long future with the club and thinks he has developed as a player in his time on loan at London.
The 20-year-old joined the Broncos at the start of the season and made 17 appearances for them, scoring two tries and assisting four others. A product of the Black and Whites’ academy, he is known for his sharp passing and dynamic style.
He was recalled from his loan early after second-choice hooker Aaron Heremaia picked up an injury last week.
“We sent Cunno to London because his chances were limited and we wanted to see him develop because he’s a player who has a bright future at our club,” Radford told the Hull Daily Mail.
“London have had a tough year but it’s clear it’s been a good move for him because he’s played a lot of games and been used almost in every position on the field by London.
“It’s been a great experience and it’s benefited him not just on the field but off the field too with the life experience. I know he enjoyed it down there and he’s also glad to be back to get his chance.
“We know we’ve lost Aaron for two to three weeks and in that time we have Wigan, Castleford and St Helens to play, three big and physical sides,” added Radford.
“We’ll need to give Danny Houghton a break in those games and that’s why we’ve brought Cunno back.”
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