Hull FC have the quality to reach Grand Final, says Jamie Foster
JAMIE Foster says Super League's top four will write Hull FC off at their peril with his new club set to cause a play-off shock.
The 22-year-old knows what it takes to reach the Grand Final, having played in the last two showpieces at Old Trafford for parent club St Helens.
Admitting he has developed a taste for the occasion, Foster is desperate to return on October 6.
But while Saints are among the favourites to get there again, Hull have been given little chance, if any, by most.
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Adamant their performance against Bradford shows how dangerous they can be, Foster says he has genuine belief he can go all the way with Hull this year.
"I've played in the last two Grand Finals, I've got a taste for it now and I'm desperate to get back there," Foster told the Mail.
"I believe I can get there this year with this team and I'm not just saying that, I believe it.
"It will be tough, we'll have to win three hard games to get there, but we can do it. I really hope we can pull something magic off, but nobody outside the club expects us to get there.
"If you ask Wigan or Warrington, they'll shrug their shoulders because they are the big ones and they expect to get there. But if we play well we'll be shocking a few teams, and I just cannot wait to pull the shirt on again next week."
On loan from St Helens on a week-by-week basis, the winger is hoping he can stay at Hull until the end of the season and finish what he has started with the Black and Whites.
Taken aback by the support he has had from the FC fans, Foster admits to loving life at Hull and his new home in Willerby.
Asked if he'd like to stay longer, Foster says he's still taking his stay week to week, but it's clear he doesn't plan on leaving before a triumphant farewell at Old Trafford.
"I'm really enjoying my rugby again. People keep asking me if I am going back to St Helens and what's happening with me, but I won't lie, I'm really enjoying playing at Hull," he said.
"I'm not ruling out a return to St Helens, but I'm not even thinking about it. I'm just getting my head down.
"When I first got the call from my agent asking if I wanted to go play for Hull FC the first thing that came into my head was the thought of being booed off by the crowd the last time I played against them for St Helens, after kicking a goal from 40 yards.
"The fans have given me a great reception though, they've been fantastic. I'm based in Willerby now and whenever I leave my house the fans come up to me and they have been great, it's a really nice feeling."
Foster was one of the stars of the show on Saturday night, scoring an individual 26-point haul in Hull's record-breaking 70-6 victory at the Bulls.
Victory guaranteed a top-six finish and set up a play-off encounter against Huddersfield Giants at the KC Stadium.
The winger says he knew a performance of that stature was coming following one of the best weeks of training he's experienced.
But, aware of what it takes to get to Old Trafford, he's called for Hull to find a new level of consistency.
"Since I've been here, last week was the best week of training I've been involved in at this club and that is credit to all the lads," he added.
"We know we are a good team and when we play well we can challenge the best teams in the league. I'm not just saying that to appease the fans.
"When I came here it wasn't just because I wanted some game time, I came because I believe this is a good team that can challenge.
"You have to back it up week after week and you need to build real momentum going into the play-offs.
"We'll be playing Huddersfield and that's going to be a massive game.
"They've got some big game players and they've been under the pump in recent weeks, so we need to take some real momentum into that match with another good performance against Castleford on Saturday."