New Hull signing Joe Arundel is raring to go ahead of pre-season training next week, after a nightmare year.
Arundel, 21, has joined the Airlie Birds on a four-year contract from Castleford, and endured a difficult 2012 which restricted him to just a handful of appearances for the Tigers.
He underwent shoulder surgery in February, that later proved to be unsuccessful, before eventually returning to action under the watchful eye of Tigers physio Ben Stirling and Hull’s Jamie Moseley.
Arundel told the club’s official website: “I’ll be pretty much ready to go from the start and I’m really looking forward to starting afresh. I just want to get back to where I was as quickly as possible and then take my game even further.
“It’s been a bit of a nightmare year really. The first operation went wrong and I had to go on a waiting list for ages before I could have a second one, but I’ve had a good break and I’m feeling fresher than ever.
“The surgeon told me afterwards that it would take 12 weeks for me to recover and it will have been 11 by the time I come in for pre-season training, so hopefully I can get stuck into it straight away.
“I’m coming here just to play the best I possibly can for Hull FC. If I can do that and we are playing well as a team, then hopefully some honours will follow on the back of it.”
Arundel made his Tigers debut at the age of 16, and went on to score 16 tries in 44 appearances for his hometown club.