Hull FC: Peter Gentle wants to finish what he's started after signing new deal
HULL FC coach Peter Gentle says his determination to see through what he has started at the club made signing a new contract an easy decision.
Gentle has agreed a one-year contract extension which keeps him at the KC Stadium until the end of the 2015 season.
Admitting to being surprised by the offer from owner Adam Pearson, the Aussie says he said yes before even talking about salary or the finer points of the contract.
Pledging on his arrival a year ago from Wests Tigers to being here for the long haul, Gentle again reaffirmed his position.
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"I've come here with a job to do and I want to see it through, I want to get us back up there where we belong," Gentle told the Mail.
"I made my intentions clear, I haven't come here using this job as leverage to get an NRL job, I'm here for the long haul.
"Everyone has settled so well, the city has made us feel so welcome and there is a lot of work to be done here that I want to see out.
"It was a surprise when Adam Pearson came with an offer, but I am grateful of being given an opportunity for another year."
The news comes a day after the Aussie coach ended his first season in charge yesterday with a 36-10 victory over Castleford at the KC Stadium.
The Black and Whites finished the campaign in sixth place, meaning they have a home tie in the play-offs against Huddersfield Giants next Sunday.
Gentle, who joined Hull having being assistant coach at Wests, and for the Australian national team, is now contracted at the KC Stadium until the end of 2015.
Gentle spoke to the Mail at Hull FC's player of the year awards dinner where captain Andy Lynch was named the player of the year by coaching staff. Danny Houghton won players' player of the year, whilst Richard Whiting took the award voted for by fans.
Young player of the year was Ben Crooks, with the try of the season being Tom Briscoe's effort against Leeds at the KC Stadium.