New Hull FC signing Liam Watts will beef up pack in Giant task
HULL FC look set to turn to new signing Liam Watts to help combat the size and physicality of the Huddersfield Giants pack on Sunday.
Watts arrived last week from city rivals Hull KR after signing a three-and-a-half- year contract at the KC Stadium and has trained with his new club all week.
Due to be named in Hull's 19-man squad for the first time today, Watts is in line to make his Hull debut in a must-win game for FC as they bid to address a four-match winless run.
Eager to make use of the size and skill of his new addition, Hull coach Peter Gentle admits Watts will give Hull a lift in an area in which they are deficient at present.
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"Liam will give us a bit of presence in the middle because we are a bit light in the forwards at the moment," Gentle told the Mail.
"We are building towards getting the type of players like Liam in our squad. There is a place for all types of forwards, but they have to complement each other and Liam will give us some presence. I'm looking forward to him getting a run-out."
While eager to let loose his new signing, Gentle admits a final decision on Watts' place in the team against Huddersfield will not be made until after tomorrow's final team run through.
Having not played for over a month at Hull KR before leaving the Robins, Watts is lacking in both match practice and fitness.
Gentle believes the 21-year-old has shown enough signs to suggest he is ready to make his debut this weekend, but admits there is a chance he could be held back longer to face Leeds Rhinos in seven days' time.
Gentle added: "Liam will come into the squad, but whether we play him or not we will just have to wait and see.
"We still have a couple of sessions to get through and we will see if he is up to speed with everything we are doing. If he is then we will play him, but we really have to wait.
"It is a big ask for him to come in having done a week with us, but we'll see how quickly he picks up on things and already he's slotted straight into our squad.
"It is about a month since he last played and if we do play him it will only be in short spells. We will weigh that up against a couple of blokes who have been playing good time for us. He'll be named in the squad though and we'll make the final decision after training tomorrow."
Having already added Jay Pitts and Watts to their squad this season, Hull could still make further additions after closely monitoring the situation at Bradford Bulls.
Hull, like many of their Super League rivals, are keeping a close eye on the situation at Odsal following the Bulls being placed into administration and talk of a need to sell players to raise vital funds.
With space on their salary cap and owner Adam Pearson prepared to pay a transfer fee, the Black and Whites are understood to be watching the Bulls' plight closely.