Josh Griffin on transition to second row

Steven Hughes

Hull centre Josh Griffin believes going into the second row will be a “natural transition” for him.

Griffin played there during the Black and Whites’ 38-6 defeat against St Helens on Saturday. He scored Hull’s only try of the match in the second half.

He believes that while he could be a bit smarter with it, he is happy to play there.

Griffin said: “It’s not a role I’m unfamiliar with. I’ve done it a few times in training, and obviously I have played there a few times over the years.

“I enjoy it there to be fair. I am getting a bit older and slower than what I used to be. It fits me quite well.

“I just need to play it a bit more often if I am going to play there. The work load can take some getting used to sometimes.”

Griffin on handling the role

The 31-year-old said he would need to work on conserving his energy, if he was to play there on a more regular basis.

He would go on to say that it was a transition he could see happening further down the line in his career.

Griffin added: “Although you already defend one or two players at centre, it is that repetition you are not used to. It’s something I can handle, although I think I need to be a smarter with it in terms of my energy.

“I probably try and go out and do too much sometimes. It is something I enjoy doing.

“Not every centre can do it. Obviously I am probably bigger than your average centre, so it’s an easier transition for me to do.

“It’s not an easy transition, but it is a transition I can see happening.”

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