Radford hoping for big performance from Pryce on Friday

Hull FC coach Lee Radford has said that he’s hopeful half-back Leon Pryce can produce a performance befitting of his career so far as both the half-back and Hull line up the next step towards the treble on Friday night.

With Radford opting to rest a number of Hull’s Wembley heroes following their excursions in the capital last weekend, Pryce is one of several players brought into the fray for Friday’s trip to St Helens.

The former Great Britain international will actually captain the side in the absence of skipper Gareth Ellis and deputy Danny Houghton, and Radford is looking forward to seeing what his former Bradford team-mate can do.

“He will be keen to finish the season on a high with us with the Grand Final still firmly in our sights,” Radford said.

“It’s a great chance for him to put in a big performance and an opportunity for both sets of fans to thank him for his efforts at both clubs.”

Meanwhile, Saints coach Keiron Cunningham has insisted that his side will be playing Super League’s best team on Friday, irrespective of the number of players left out.

“People talk about a cup hangover but we will be facing a tough side,” warned Cunningham. “They are the best side in the comp, have just won the cup and have ambitions of winning all three.

“We have played them three times this season and on two of those occasions we had a real chance of winning. We will be a different animal to the one they faced last time we played.

“We have had a break, freshened the boys up, got plenty of training in and we know what we are facing.”