Hull FC v Warrington: 'Make it special night for Richard Horne'
PETER Gentle says there is a real desire among his group of players to give Richard Horne a milestone to remember tonight.
Horne will play his 350th game for Hull FC when the Warrington Wolves come to the KC Stadium for the televised Super League clash.
Gentle has revealed he's spoken with his team about giving a performance worthy of the occasion and he says his side are determined to make it a night Horne will never forget.
"It is a wonderful achievement for Rich and one he should be very proud of," Gentle told the Mail.
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"We've spoken about it as a group and everyone wants to make it a special night for Rich.
"Not many players get to play 350 games. He's still got the rest of this season and next year, who knows how many games he will end up with?"
Horne made his debut for Hull in 1999, graduating from the club's academy to feature for the first time 14 years ago.
In the intervening years he's played in two Challenge Cup finals, winning one, and the 2006 Grand Final.
In the same year as his Grand Final bow, the hometown favourite set a record of tries scored in succession by scoring in 13 consecutive games.
Despite his achievements, Horne admitted last week he now sees himself as a squad player, despite signing a new deal that keeps him at the KC until the end of the 2014 campaign.
Left out for the start of the season, the stand-off was brought in for round two to play alongside Daniel Holdsworth in the halves and responded with a man-of-the-match display.
According to Gentle, Horne's attitude and standard of playing since coming into the team this season sums up the type of player and man he is.
"To play 350 games and for one club sums up the type of bloke he is, he's very loyal," added Gentle. "Rich is also very unselfish in everything he does.
"He is the one who called himself a squad player last week, it wasn't us. That is the unselfishness I am talking about.
"He realises the talent we have in the squad, his age and the way his body is and there may be times in the year when we have to rest him.
"At the moment he is showing everyone what he can do and I am not surprised by anything he is doing."
Gentle says the club are preparing something special before the game to honour Horne's achievement, but won't reveal any details.