Jamie Foster will give Hull FC extra options as Super League play-offs loom
KEEPING Jamie Foster on-loan at Hull FC will offer coach Peter Gentle options ahead of the play-offs, according to Shaun McRae.
The St Helens winger has agreed to stay at Hull on a week-by-week basis following his initial one-month spell at the KC.
Saints are now able to call back their player with just 24 hours notice, but short of an injury crisis emerging at Langtree Park, Foster is now set to see out the season with Hull.
The Black and Whites will be boosted by the return of centre Kirk Yeaman and winger Will Sharp from injury for their next game at Bradford.
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But despite having an increasingly healthy squad, McRae believes it makes perfect sense to keep Foster on board for the run-in.
"Jamie will be staying with us and we are delighted to have him," McRae told the Mail.
"Jamie has done a good job since coming in and it makes sense to have a few options.
"We are in a little better shape now than we were and Kirk Yeaman will be back for the Bradford game. He was very close for Widnes, but the coaching staff decided it would be best to give him a longer break and make full use of this week off.
"Will Sharp is back in contention too after playing for the under-20s, so Peter has options."
Foster's presence will be a boost after winger Tom Lineham suffered a suspected broken ankle in the defeat at Widnes.
Lineham has been sent for further scans with the results expected today, although the 20-year-old is unlikely to play again this season.
Richard Whiting has also been sent for further tests on the ankle injury he sustained two weeks ago in the home win against Catalan Dragons.
The club are eager to investigate the problem further after Whiting missed the Widnes match with complaints of discomfort in his ankle when running.