Radford expecting Biggs impact at Hull

Hull FC coach Lee Radford expects rugby union convert Tom Biggs to add enthusiasm as well as skill to the Airlie Birds’ squad. 

The 29-year-old has made over 60 appearances for Bath RUFC during his time in the south west of England. An East Riding boy by birth, though, he has come home to Hull, and the rugby league club he has supported all his life.

Although his arrival at the KC Stadium has been delayed due to ongoing commitments at Bath, his new coach is eagerly anticipating him linking up with the rest of the squad.

“Energy. He plays with energy,” Radford told Love Rugby League, when asked what the winger would bring to his squad.

“He plays with bounce, he wants to get his hands on the ball, and stay where play is.

“No matter what code you play, that’s a quality that you can’t really coach or put into players.

“He’s another local kid, and a massive Hull FC fan.

“He’s a well-educated kid, and hopefully that smartness will make his transition that little bit easier.”

Radford does not think that too many other cross-code converts will be following Biggs for a while, though.

The recent decision to raise the domestic salary cap in rugby union could also have further consequences, the Hull coach feels.

“I think with their salary cap going up to £5million in the last couple of weeks, I think that makes it hard,” he said.

“The cap going up is going to make it really difficult for us. It’s worrying for our lads, and it’s worrying as a coach.”

Radford does believe, though, that the new structure for Super League is something which could work out well for the sport.

“I think something needed changing. Whether it’s right or wrong, we’re behind it,” he asserted.

“We’re hoping that it increases the support, financially speaking, that we need to improve our salary cap.

“The NRL‘s is going up, rugby union’s is going up. Sooner or later, we’re going to have to go with them. That puts pressure on clubs who are already struggling financially.

“You need to get that mix right. Hopefully the cut-throat promotion and relegation will add some spice, and bring a few more fans through the turnstiles, or a few more on TV, which will have a knock-on effect for sponsorship.”

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