Shannon McDonnell 'gives new dimension to Hull FC attack'
SHANNON McDonnell can add a new dimension to Hull FC's attack next season, according to director of rugby Shaun McRae.
The 25-year-old full-back recently signed a two-year contract with the Black and Whites after leaving Hull KR.
Pointing to the impact McDonnell made in attack for the Robins last year, McRae says the Aussie will be the perfect foil for fellow new recruit Daniel Holdsworth.
"Shannon showed with his number of try assists at Hull KR last year how important he can be in that regard, and that is something we probably couldn't say about anyone in that role for us last season," McRae told the Mail.
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"He brings a lot more to the team than we had last season and we are excited about him coming in.
"He has the speed to get into position on the type of plays we'll run. You'll see a lot of sweep type plays next season that Daniel Holdsworth loves to run, and Shannon has the pace to get into position to be on the end of those plays.
"He can run those arcs, but also he can come into the line and play as another pivot."
McDonnell scored six tries and had 11 assists from 21 games in Super League last season.
Filling a void left by the early-season exit of Wade McKinnon, the ex-Wests Tigers player will again link up with Peter Gentle.
"Shannon brings experience, skill, a competitive edge and having worked with Peter in the past I think it will help him because they know each other's style," added McRae.