Andy Lynch: All eyes will be on Hull FC in 2013
TAKING a phone call this week from one of the greatest players of the Super League era, Hull FC captain Andy Lynch put the phone down ready to pull his boots on straight away.
Only a week after the season officially ended, and already the prop is eager to get started again.
His enthusiasm driven by a belief a season to remember lies ahead, Lynch is eager to get back to work with a new-look Hull side.
Already convinced Peter Gentle had assembled a side capable of being genuine contenders, his conversation with England and Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Peacock brought an awareness his opinion is beginning to be shared across the game.
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"I spoke to Jamie this week and he said we should all be excited about next year and the players we have coming in," Lynch told the Mail.
"If he's thinking that about our team, that's a big thing coming from JP, and there will be a few other players at other teams thinking about the squad we have here too.
"But it's no good resting on your laurels, we need to go out next year and prove how good we are and how good we can be."
Still celebrating his eighth Grand Final victory, Peacock's endorsement of Hull's recruitment has only amplified Lynch's confidence.
Eager to link up again with England player Gareth Ellis, it is the experience added to the Black and Whites' line-up that Lynch believes is key.
"The more experienced players to have around the place the better and Gaz Ellis, Ben Galea and Daniel Holdsworth will give us that," adds Lynch.
"The signings have been a big plus for us for next year and now we need to get everybody in and get working together to make sure those partnerships are formed and we hit the ground running.
"If you ask a lot of the players, we are all ready to start again now. It is massively exciting times for the players at this club, and I hope the fans too."
Arriving from Bradford on a two-year deal that has now been extended by another year, the ex-Bulls man enjoyed a hugely-successful first year on a personal level.
Winning the Player of the Year accolade, Lynch featured in every game for Hull, often playing close to 80 minutes. And he did it all with a fractured wrist.
Colliding with a team-mate in pre-season, Lynch opted to postpone surgery despite a recovery period of less than a month.
He's still waiting on the operation, the year of playing with the problem leaving him with a lot of mess around the injury which first needs cleaning out.
"The surgeon has been in two minds whether to do the operation or not because it's such a mess in there," explains Lynch.
"He's given me an injection to try and clear the mess up inside there, we'll leave it two weeks and then it should be clearer inside because he doesn't want to go in there until it's clear. When they do it though it should be a two-week recovery, so it's no big deal."
And Lynch's reason for not having the simple operation done nine months ago?
"I was new to the club and I didn't want to miss any games. The physio said I could play on with it so I did.
"At one stage I couldn't touch it because it hurt so much. I had it injected before every game and sometimes I had to come off and get it done again during the game because it got that bad."