Shaul relishing 2016 challenge

Hull FC star Jamie Shaul is eager to put a frustrating 2015 behind him by cementing his place in the side next season.

The promising fullback struggled to nail down a place last season due to the form of Jordan Rankin. However, with Rankin now in the NRL at the Wests Tigers, it has paved the way for Shaul to grasp the fullback slot.

Shaul, 23, is contracted with the Airlie Birds until 2019, but he has high hopes of becoming a mainstay in the team before then and started his own personal pre-season training regime ahead of the team’s return to get into the groove.

“I feel like the season just gone was a disappointing one for me and I wanted to get a head start before training began,” Shaul told the Hull Daily Mail.

“Weights and a lot of conditioning have been key for me in the gym. I want to be a lot fitter and stronger next year. Keeping up fitness will be essential if I’m to keep the full-back position.

“It was a very disappointing campaign and when things get tough during the pre-season I will just think about how much I want to be the starter and I’m sure it will get me through it.”