Adam Pearson has faith in heavily criticised Hull FC half-back Brett Seymour
HULL FC owner Adam Pearson insists he has full faith in half-back Brett Seymour and wants to 'draw a line' under heavy criticism of his player last season.
Seymour's future at the Black and Whites has been uncertain ever since Pearson publicly labelled the club's recruitment under the previous ownership – particularly in the halves – as 'mediocre'.
It led to a very public search for a new half-back partnership for the new campaign.
However, failed attempts to bring in both Rangi Chase and Scott Prince have left Hull needing Seymour to find his best form alongside stand-off Daniel Holdsworth.
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And Pearson says he is confident the former NRL star can step up to show his abilities.
"Brett has a big opportunity here now and hopefully we can all wipe the slate clean, move forward and have a very positive season," Pearson told the Mail.
"There is undoubtedly a player with talent in Brett and maybe he needed a bit of luck last season and we need to appreciate him a bit more."
Pearson admits his frustrations and passion for Hull got the better of him last season, and stressed his comments were never meant as an attack on Seymour.
Eager to see a fresh start in 2013, Pearson says he intends to sit down with Seymour to ensure that happens.
And with new stand-off Holdsworth confident of striking up a fruitful partnership with Seymour, Pearson says the club have full confidence the pair can lead them to a successful campaign.
"I need to see Brett at some point about what went on last season. It was never personal against him and we need to sit down and have a clean slate this year," he said.
"If the comments I made last season upset him, that was not my intention at all. We just want to be successful and it was probably out of the disappointment I had last season that we were not hitting those heights we want to hit."
Seymour played 23 of Hull's 27 regular season Super League games, but did find himself left out of the team and then on the bench towards the end of the campaign.
Having played with a knee injury, which was corrected during the off-season, Hull are hopeful the former New Zealand Warriors player can rediscover the sort of form that made him such an asset in the NRL.
"There is a great opportunity for Brett to come through and stake his claim on a place," added Pearson.
"We have options at half-back but I think Brett and Daniel Holdsworth will be a very interesting combination to look at."
The Mail understands Holdsworth has been in regular contact with Seymour throughout the off-season discussing how they want their combination to work.
The ex-Salford player is currently still in Australia, but has spoken with Seymour and coach Peter Gentle on how the duo can bring the best out of each other.
Pearson said: "Daniel is a top player. He has taken the winter very seriously and has a personal trainer working with him.
"He is in great condition and he is up for a big challenge. He has a big role to play for us next season and hopefully Daniel and Brett can become a partnership people will fear."