Time for Hull to deliver in Super League

James Gordon

Hull forward Scott Taylor says it’s time for them to deliver a Super League Grand Final for their fans.

The Airlie Birds shrugged off their Wembley hoo-doo with back-to-back Challenge Cup wins in 2016 and 2017, but have failed to make the play-offs in each of the past two seasons.

That’s led to two consecutive long off-seasons, though Lee Radford’s recruitment for 2020 has caught the eye – the returning Mane Fohua, winger Adam Swift, Grand Finalist Josh Jones and fearsome NRL trio Tevita Satae, Ligi Sao and Manu Ma’u.

They have also handed chances to Championship starlets Jordan Johnstone and Joe Cator, who join from Widnes and Leigh respectively.

Taylor said: “We haven’t been consistent enough over the past few years and we haven’t put ourselves in the positions we should have been.

“We’ve lost quite a few players and strengthened with who we’ve brought in, which will enable us to give it a real good crack going in to this year and win more games to give us the chance to be in that big game at Old Trafford.”

Hull fell away from the play-offs at the back end of last season, losing out to Castleford on points difference.

In 2018, a miserable second half of the season saw them end with 11 consecutive losses.

Taylor added: “I feel like some of us have delivered. The big aim was always to get that Wembley hoodoo off our back.

“As far as Super League is concerned, it’s time for us to deliver.

“Obviously in 2016 we were one game away from winning the League Leaders’ and we ended up getting beat just before the Grand Final and we fell short.

“It’s about time with the fan base we’ve got and how big of a club we are, that we got back to Old Trafford and all of our targets will be to get there this year.”

Hull have appeared in just one Super League Grand Final, losing 26-4 to St Helens in 2006. They were the first team other than the four teams that have won the title – Bradford, Leeds, St Helens and Wigan – to reach Old Trafford, and they have since been emulated by Warrington, Castleford and Salford.