2016 already a success for Hull FC, insists Ellis

Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis believes 2016 will go down a successful year for the club, even if they don’t pick up any silverware.

The Black and Whites have made remarkable progress in the last 12 months, having moved from mid-table last year to the top of Super League at present, while they have also reached the Challenge Cup final.

After a number of indifferent years, Ellis believes that the progress that has been shown this season means that any further success this season would be an added bonus for the club.

“Regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season, this club has taken a massive step forward and it’s up to the club as a whole to kick on,” he said.

“I’m 35 now and I’m very proud to be playing my part in this resurgence of Hull FC as a club, but it’s up to the club to get behind this. The fans who turned out suggests the club has got everything going for it.

“The recruitment has played a big part in everything we’ve done. Some lads needed a kick up the backside but they’ve all stood up this year and they’ve really gelled. It’s been coming for a while; I believed in this club when I first signed here and although we’ve stumbled a bit, it’s coming together now. I can see positive signs ahead.”