Joe Cator aiming to kick on after signing new Hull contract

Drew Darbyshire

Joe Cator will play no further part this season due to injury

Hull forward Joe Cator says he is aiming to “kick on and keep getting better” after committing his future to his boyhood club.

The 23-year-old joined Hull from Leigh in 2020 and went on to win the club’s Young Player of the Year award in his first season with the Black and Whites. Cator has recently been named in the England Knights squad.

Cator has signed a new two-year deal with Hull, keeping him at the MKM Stadium until at least the end of 2023.

Cator said: “It’s nice to be at home and have my future secured, especially at the club I’ve always wanted to play for. Hopefully we can kick on over the next few years and win some silverware.

“I’m really enjoying working with Brett and playing for Hull FC, I love playing for this club and the most important thing for me is to run out with the Hull FC badge on my chest.

“It’s been a rollercoaster time over the last two years progressing from the Championship to Super League and the England Knights.

“For me it’s important to kick on and keep getting better and hopefully play my part for the team.

“It has been a bizarre season, even more so than last year with the challenges we have faced with Covid and a tough run of fixtures, but we are really focused on trying to push for the play-offs and for trophies.”

Hull coach Brett Hodgson said: “It’s really pleasing to get Joe tied down. His energy around the group is infectious, and he’s very good with the ball in his hand and create opportunities.

“When Joe plays the energy amongst the group goes up, and every team needs a player like that. We’re pleased with the way Joe’s playing and I’m sure he’ll continue to improve.”

Cator came through the ranks at Hull KR before spending a season with Leigh in 2019 prior to his move to boyhood club Hull. He has made almost 100 career appearances.