Peter Gentle challenges Hull FC troops to keep a place in his side
PETER Gentle has told his Hull FC players there are no guarantees and they have to earn the right to keep their spot in his side.
Gentle says he agonised over which players to select for Hull's opening Super League game at Leeds tonight, eventually opting for experience against the champions.
With almost an entirely fit squad to choose from, the coach has warned his players that being selected tonight in round one does not guarantee a regular place.
Now, the Aussie wants to see his players justify his faith with a performance that reflects his belief in them.
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"It was extremely tough picking a 19-man squad and in the end I had to go with experience," said Gentle.
"We have picked a side that suits facing Leeds and we've gone with experience.
"The players who have been picked now have to prove they can keep their spot.
"I will have no hesitation throwing in the guys who missed out, so the boys who have the shirt have got it for round one and it is up to them to keep it."
Four months since their play-off dream was ended at Warrington last season, Gentle's new-look side visit Headingley with Gareth Ellis in their ranks.
The game will see the former Leeds star make his Hull debut as he captains the Black and Whites for the first time.
After months of positivity, Gentle knows it is time for the talking to stop and for his players to deliver with not words but their performance on the pitch.
Admitting his side will improve with each passing week, the Aussie is not putting any extra pressure on his team to make a winning start.
"I'm excited and I am looking forward to it, as the players are. We have seven new players who will be playing and I'm excited to see how they fit into our side," added Gentle.
"Ideally we'd all like to get a good start, but our season won't be defined in the first four or six weeks. If we win six from six I won't be shouting from the rooftops that we are going to win the competition and if we lose every game I won't be saying our season is over.
"We will take some time to gel, but I am encouraged by what we are doing on the training field and transferring that to the games is the challenge now.
"Whether we hit the ground running in round one or not, it is going to happen and I am excited about that. We want to get out there now and start playing for keeps."