Gentle: Hull FC can't rely on Gareth Ellis to do everything
HULL FC coach Peter Gentle insists his side will not be a one-man team in 2013 – and says no pressure will be on star signing Gareth Ellis.
Aware of the huge expectation surrounding Ellis' arrival – and his potential impact on the side – Gentle insists no extra pressure will be put on him.
As his side prepare to fly out for a crucial week of warm-weather training in Tenerife tomorrow, he insists his side won't achieve anything unless the other players match Ellis.
"There is no expectation from us over Gareth Ellis, other than him to play his normal game," Gentle told the Mail.
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"We are placing no other expectations on him. We know how good a player he is and we know his standards, he needs no other pressure.
"For Gareth to be able to perform next season, he needs the other 12 players on the pitch to perform too. This is a team sport and we are about the team, we need everyone to perform and we certainly won't be a one-man team next season."
While the arrival of Ellis has had an affect on the players at training and helped to set the new culture Gentle has strived for, there is a danger of Hull relying too heavily on the performances of the international and captain Andy Lynch, another consistent performer.
But, eager to deflect the pressure from Ellis, Gentle wants to see his entire side rise to the occasion, with the emphasis on a contribution across the pitch to match his senior stars.
"What's been pleasing for me is to see Ben Galea, Gareth and Andy Lynch grow close over the last few weeks," he said.
"They are very tight already and that is just what I need. I wanted a core group of vastly-experienced players, which those guys are, to set the standards for the other players and particularly the younger guys to follow.
"That's great for me and great for the less experienced guys, so I couldn't be happier with how that dynamic is working out for us."