Gareth Ellis has 'everything to prove at Hull FC'
GARETH Ellis says he has everything to prove when he begins pre-season training with Hull FC.
Ellis arrives at Hull as an established international, Grand Final winner and one of the game's most prized assets after a hugely successful time in Australia with Wests Tigers.
But despite his resume, the second-row forward says he will start training at his new club next week with a point to prove as he bids to justify the excitement generated by his arrival at the KC Stadium.
"Going in to Hull FC training there is everything for me to prove once again," Ellis told the Mail.
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"I know I have to gain the respect of the players and the respect of the coaches. I've obviously worked with Peter Gentle before and played with one or two of the guys with England, but I've not played with most of them and I need to set an example from the start and impress."
Following a break due to his participation in England's autumn internationals, Ellis will be joined by Tom Briscoe on Monday morning as the duo report for pre-season with the Black and Whites.
Gentle is expecting Ellis to work in tandem with captain Andy Lynch and fellow experienced forward Ben Galea to be the standard bearers for his Hull side both on and off the field next season.
Renowned for his hard work at training, Ellis is determined to make his mark immediately at Hull following his much-trumpeted arrival from the NRL.
At Hull for just a week before the squad take a break for the Christmas holidays, Ellis' start to life at the Black and Whites will include a first week of testing before being thrown in alongside his new team-mates, some of whom will be seven weeks into pre-season.
Returning on January 2, Hull head for a week of warm weather training in Tenerife. It is a trip Ellis believes has even greater importance for him as he bids to form important relationships ahead of the new season.
"Training camps are always a time for the team to come together and to spend that quality time getting to know the new guys better," added Ellis.
"That makes it really important for me, because it is a chance to get some really important work done on the field, but also for me to get around the players and gel with the lads.
"It will be a good experience for me and I'm sure it will be the most important week of pre-season. I'm really looking forward to it and looking forward to finally getting going with Hull."