Daniel Holdsworth key to Hull FC's plan of attack
HULL FC coach Peter Gentle says the signing of Daniel Holdsworth will take them to another level next season.
The Black and Whites have signed the 28-year-old from Salford on a two-year contract – the first of a string of new additions expected to be confirmed.
The news comes less than 24-hours after FC announced Gentle has also extended his contract by another year, taking him until the end of the 2015 campaign.
Holdsworth's arrival had been widely expected after the Mail first revealed he had agreed terms on a move to the KC Stadium seven weeks ago.
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He becomes the third confirmed signing for 2013, joining NRL star Gareth Ellis and Castleford centre Joe Arundel.
Speaking exclusively to the Mail on his signing, Gentle said he was excited by the prospect of Holdsworth lining up with Hull.
"With him coming into a very good squad, his game is going to improve and he is going to improve us, it is a win, win for both of us," Gentle told the Mail.
"He gives players around him time and will fit very well into what we are building.
"You only need to watch the Exiles game to see Daniel playing in a quality team, and for him to get man of the match then shows the quality of the player.
"He brings a kicking game to us, he's another goal kicker, he's an accomplished player and he's settled in this country.
"It is not a risk like bringing an overseas player in, he's been here some time. He's probably one of the best general play kickers in the whole competition and will add another dimension to our game."
The news on Holdsworth comes after the Mail revealed on Saturday that departing Hull KR captain Ben Galea is also to join FC for next season, having decided not to retire as he had planned.
Keen to not lose focus on an impending play-off campaign, Gentle refused to comment on that deal when questioned in press conferences this weekend.
He now believes his side can be one of the 'dark horses' in the play-offs, having ended their campaign with a 36-10 victory over Castleford at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
"I think there will be one or two dark horses in the play-offs and I don't see any reason why we can't be one of those sides," Gentle said.
"A whole new competition starts now, it is anybody's. There are four games left and I can't see any reasons why we can't play in all four of them to the Grand Final. I've seen enough from our blokes to suggest we can be one of those dark horses."
Hull have now scored 106 points in their last two games, with no fresh injuries to report, and England international Danny Tickle making a return from a three-month absence, Gentle was delighted.
"It was hard to find some rhythm with all the penalties and stoppages and I was frustrated watching the game," he said.
"There was enough there from us for me though. We got a team performance.
"To only concede two tries was pleasing and I was happy with the hit out."