Last Season Placing: 11th
Hull FC’s 2014 campaign proved to be hugely disappointing. With a big stadium and a big following, many see FC as a ‘big club’ something which can be backed up with appearances in both major finals in recent years, but 2014 was year to forget as Lee Radford’s men underachieved.
The minimum expectation from their season was to make the play-offs but the Arlie Birds never looked likely to break into the top eight as they did battle with Wakefield and Salford for the minor positions. Some highlights came in the form of late season wins over Leeds Rhinos and St. Helens, plus a 28-0 demolition of local rivals Hull KR proved to be memorable. Perhaps a glimpse into the future and a sign of things to come?
Marc Sneyd is arguably their biggest signing, arriving from Salford via Castleford for a reported £100,000 fee after a stellar 2014. His kicking game could prove to be crucial as FC look to solve their half-back conundrum which has plagued the club for so many years. Also, Mark Minichiello looks to be a shrewd investment, while tackle-friendly hooker Danny Houghton will be crucial to any success the East Yorkshire side have.
There is an air of positivity around the club after some solid recruitment over the winter months, but the time they take to gel will be crucial in what will undoubtedly be the most competitive season of Super League to date.
Story of 2015
Almost every side in the league has strengthened, with city rivals Hull KR seemingly doing the better business of the two clubs. This could be a difficult year for the black and whites and they could face a huge challenge to make the top eight in 2015. But, given time, Lee Radford should get it right.
League Position: 8th
Top Try Scorer: Tom Lineham
Top Points Scorer: Marc Sneyd
Player of the Year: Jamie Shaul
Young Player of the Year: Callum Lancaster