Hull FC: Peter Gentle happy with York role for new boy Joe Arundel
HULL FC coach Peter Gentle says new signing Joe Arundel was sent to York to help him enjoy his rugby again and alleviate the pressure on his young shoulders.
Arundel was a try-scorer in Hull's opening defeat of the season at Leeds, but was dropped for Sunday's home win over Bradford.
Handed the number three shirt after arriving from Castleford, he did miss the majority of last season because of injury.
Despite being named in the squad to face St Helens tomorrow, Arundel is unlikely to feature given Hull's win over the Bulls.
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And Gentle says the 21-year-old needs game time, and that he will continue to make the most of the partnership with York.
"Joe played at York as we need to get some footy into him," said Gentle.
"He's played very little in the last 12 months and he needs to get some footy, get his timing right, go up there and get some tries, make a few tackles and have a few runs to start enjoying his football again.
"There is a lot of pressure coming in to a new club and a lot of competition for positions, so we've relieved a bit of pressure on Joe by sending him to play at York."
Having expressed his delight at the response shown by his players to their defeat by Leeds, Gentle has retained the same squad for tomorrow's clash, with still no return for injured duo Danny Tickle and Liam Watts.
"We can always make a response after disappointment, but we need to challenge ourselves so we don't have to be making a response," added the coach.
"We don't want to be backed into a corner and have to come out fighting, we need to set our standards and stick to that. I am very happy with the Bradford result, but the scope for improvement is immense. "I don't pick the side on whether we win or lose, I pick the side on performance and that's the beauty of having plenty of depth in the squad. "There are guys playing at York who probably deserve a chance, but until someone puts a foot out of line, we won't change it."