Ben Crooks confident of keeping place in Hull FC first team
BEN Crooks has backed himself to keep his place in the Hull FC first team after forcing his way into Peter Gentle's side.
Crooks scored a consolation try for Hull on Saturday against Warrington, his first of the season, as he capped another solid performance.
Left out of the campaign opener at Leeds, the 19-year-old was handed a chance in round two against Bradford Bulls.
He was brought in as rival centre Joe Arundel was sent to play for York City Knights to build his confidence after a disappointing debut against the Rhinos.
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Crooks has since made the most of his opportunity, looking at ease firstly alongside Jason Crookes, then accompanying Tom Lineham in a youthful partnership against Warrington.
"I'm really enjoying it. Pete's given me a chance early on in the season and if I crack on I can keep my place," Crooks said.
"If I keep working hard and playing well I can't see why I can't do that."
With Arundel earning positive reviews at York, and Richard Whiting a more than capable replacement, Crooks knows the pressure to perform each week is intense.
"It's healthy competition. There's three main centres, me, Joe and Kirk Yeaman, and we're all trying to perform each week and improve to keep each other on our toes. It's good for all three of us."
While Hull tasted defeat against Warrington, Crooks boosted his chances of staying in the side with a solid performance.
Matched against England international Ryan Atkins, he kept his opposite number relatively quiet and produced two try-saving tackles on his own goal line, as well as scoring late in the game himself.
"It was a good scrap with Ryan," he said.
"As a young lad, playing against someone like him, who is an England international, just boosts my game," Crooks added.
"It gives me stuff to learn and shows me where I'm weak and where I can develop."
While Crooks was pleased with his own efforts, he admits there were no smiles in the dressing room after the Warrington game.
But despite the loss, he says there are positives which his side can carry into the clash with Widnes this weekend.
"We're pretty disappointed with the way we ended the game but there's some positives in there and have just got to kick on now," he said.
"We want to capitalise on what we learned this week to try and get a win."