Motu Tony claims youth is the way forward for Hull FC

Hull FC director of rugby Motu Tony believes a young coaching staff will work in the club’s favour, as they look to build a lasting legacy.

The average age of the Black and Whites’ coaching staff is now 31, following the addition of Richard Horne and Chris Tuson to the backroom team.

Hull also have the second-youngest coach in Super League in the shape of Lee Radford, 35, who is just a few months older than Wakefield’s James Webster.

“If you look at the game in general there are more younger coaches now than ever before and the game is changing,” Tony told the Hull Daily Mail.

“More and more players are being recycled from the playing staff straight into the coaching staff at clubs and that is certainly what we have tried to do since I arrived and the way we want to move forward.

“Having Richard Horne and Chris Tuson come on the staff this year means we’ve two coaches who are in touch with the changes in the game, two players who know the opposition very well and two who can relate to our players.

“We’ve a young staff at Hull, but it’s one we feel can really take us forward.”