Shaul has scored eight tries in ten appearances in 2016, after struggling to break into and sustain his place in the Black and Whites first team throughout last season because of the form of Jordan Rankin.
Therefore, Shaul’s start to the new season has made the fullback realise just how lucky he is to play week in, week out.
“Playing rugby is the thing I look forward to most in the week. I get paid to play my hobby,” Shaul told the Hull Daily Mail.
“Keeping the perspective of how lucky I am to do that has helped me focus this season. Last year was a major disappointment. Before kick-off every week I give myself a few seconds to think about how bad 2015 was and what I’ve got to do in the game to keep my spot for the next week.
“It’s only a brief moment I spend looking at where I used to sit in the stand watching the players take the field last season. No matter how well I play one week I always want to play better the following game. Keeping my spot is what motivates me.
“I’m feeling confident this year and I would say it’s down to enjoying my rugby. I’ve been more professional and been focusing on the little one percent aspects which make the difference.”