Aaron Heremaia confident Hull FC can make improvements for 2013 season
AARON Heremaia says it is vital for Hull FC to use their improved performances of the past month as a template for next season.
Buoyed by convincing victories against Castleford, Bradford and Huddersfield prior to their battling loss at Warrington at the weekend, Heremaia believes Hull have proven how good they can be.
Warrington’s 24-12 play-off victory may have ended their year, but the New Zealander is already looking forward to next season.
And he believes FC have already shown they have the credentials to be a success.
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“I think the last four weeks especially, we have shown a consistency that can make us a lot better team next year,” Heremaia told the Mail.
“We have had a lot of young guys come into our team this year, a lot of players have left too, so it’s been difficult at times.
“But those young players will be much better for the experience of this year and we’ve got some quality guys coming in.
“I am very excited about next year. Peter Gentle has got the men he wanted, after not having much say in this year’s squad.
“The players coming in are quality and if we build on the last month, I think we can make a lot of improvements.”
After a torrid mid-season hampered by injuries and player departures, the Black and Whites ended with six victories from their last nine. Their defeat to Widnes aside, Heremaia believes Hull showed the consistency needed to be genuine top-four challengers.
Having only played 13 games this season because of a neck injury at the start of the year, Heremaia says he’ll be more eager than most for the new campaign.
“I feel fresh, I’ll take just a couple of weeks off and then I’ll be back into training and fighting again to make us better next year,” he added.
“I feel like my season has only just got going, so that makes it even harder to end things now.”
Heremaia has hardly featured in his favoured hooking role this year after deputising in the halves, but despite a series of good performances in the role, he was unable to provide the spark to break through the Wolves defence.
Reflecting on the loss, he admits it was Hull’s failure with the ball which cost them.
“We went behind early to a couple of tries we could have stopped, but we kept going toe to toe with them. “Lee Briers kicked us to death and that was the difference,” he said.
“Warrington were dominating us a little bit in the middle, but you have to take your opportunities.
“They took their opportunities and when they came our way we didn’t do that. Warrington are a very good attacking team and we’ve only conceded four tries on their home ground, so we can be pleased with that aspect of the game.”