Shaun McRae: Play-off win sign of things to come for ambitious Hull FC
HULL FC director of rugby Shaun McRae says the club are not content with just settling for a first play-off win in five years.
McRae admits 2012 has already been a successful season for Hull, having achieved the goals set 12 months ago to end the campaign with more points and higher up the ladder than the previous year.
The Black and Whites finished with five more points than in 2011 and two positions higher in sixth, despite the worst run of injuries in recent memory.
Admitting the club had to overcome a lot of adversity this year, McRae describes the season as a success, on and off the field.
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But ahead of their play-off clash with Warrington on Saturday, the former Hull coach says the club staff and players won't be happy until they walk out at Old Trafford.
"When I arrived 12 months ago, I talked about expectations for the year ahead and I said I'd be happy with progress, more points and a higher finish," McRae told the Mail.
"We've had that progress and now we are in the second round of the play-offs for the first time in five years.
"We've met expectations, but that doesn't mean we stop there.
"Everybody will be doing all they can to get us to Old Trafford.
"We are not finished yet and we will continue to push, on and off the field, to make sure our expectations are raised higher."
The first to arrive in Adam Pearson's new regime, McRae was instrumental in bringing in Gentle.
Initially setting a three-year target to make the club a top-two team challenging for honours every year, McRae admits that plan has now evolved to take in Gentle's extended contract.
But eager to point out the goal remains the same, McRae says the Hull coach has already done a fantastic job this season, no matter what Saturday's result is.
McRae added: "We had a three-year plan with Peter, that's now four years after a deserved extension to his deal, but the first year has gone very well. Peter has done a fantastic job.
"He's shown what a great coach he is.
"He's adapted very well and he's been given great support by not only Andy Hay and Lee Radford, but also all the support staff, the medical team, conditioning and performance boys. Everyone has been great.
"Things have changed rapidly on and off the field, as well as in the squad with a lot of changes, players leaving and coming in.
"We've had the worst run of injuries I can remember and, despite all that, we are one of six teams left with a chance of getting to Old Trafford.
"That's the aim. The team have momentum and confidence behind them and will go to Warrington confident of winning."