Andy Lynch wants morale-boosting win for fine Hull FC servant Kirk Yeaman
ANDY Lynch has called on his Hull FC team-mates to transfer their successful training on to the pitch this Sunday and start the year with a confidence-boosting win.
Lynch has hailed Hull's warm-weather camp in Tenerife a resounding success, describing his new-look side as being sharp and impressive with the amount of work they have got through.
Conceding the result against Castleford Tigers on Sunday isn't crucial in Hull's opening friendly, Lynch is eager to see the form Hull have displayed at training transferred on to the KC pitch to show the progress being made and also to give Kirk Yeaman a victory in his testimonial game.
Praising the service given to the Black and Whites by Yeaman, Lynch insists there are plenty of incentives to start with a win.
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"The friendly games seem to have come around pretty quickly this year and it will be good to get out there on Sunday and hopefully we will see all this hard work pay off," Lynch told the Mail.
"It's a friendly but we still want to give a really good performance after the way we have been training and we want to start the year with a win.
"We will try to implement what we have been working on out here and take our training form into the match. We always want to win, but we want it even more for Yeamo.
"He has been a great servant to this club and all the boys want to get a win for him and hopefully put him over for a couple of tries too.
"We are all hoping to see a good crowd there for him to honour the service he's given Hull FC over the years and the boys will be doing their bit for him too."
The game against Castleford kicks-off at 2pm on Sunday, with Hull coach Peter Gentle already revealing his new signings will all be getting a run-out against the Tigers.
Welcoming the likes of Gareth Ellis, Ben Galea and Daniel Holdsworth to training in recent weeks, Lynch has taken it upon himself to make sure the new players are settled in the squad.
Following a week of training in the sunshine in Tenerife, the prop says he's been impressed with just how quickly the new players have settled into the team.
He added: "There's a lot of new players coming in, but they are all experienced players who know their roles and know the game, and they've fitted very easily into the squad.
"All the new guys have made their mark on the team. There's a good mixture between the seniors and the young lads and it's been good for me to have those new senior players come in to share the responsibility.
"It's just been a really successful camp all round.
"We've got through a lot of work here that we cannot do at home, because we've walked through a lot of things slowly and you can do that in the sun. When at home you'd be stood freezing.
"It's been a really beneficial week on the field, but also there's been a lot of team bonding and the team has really come together."