Joe Cator is hoping his enthusiasm in pre-season training can help force a way into the reckoning for a spot in Lee Radford’s Hull FC side.
Cator joined up with his new teammates for the first day of pre-season last week after agreeing to join his boyhood club from Leigh Centurions in October.
The 21-year-old doesn’t have a great deal of Super League experience, making just a handful of appearances in the top flight during his time at Hull KR, and he knows he has his work cut out if he is to earn a spot in the side for FC’s opening clash of the season against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.
However, Cator’s energy was one of the main reasons why Radford pushed to get him into the club and the loose-forward hopes to showcase that in training over the next few weeks.
“It’s one of the things I like to have about me so if I can try and bring that to training and bring that to the game then that’s what it’s all about it,” Cator told Hull Live.
“You don’t train just to train, you’re training to play and training for a match that’s coming up and the next one’s in January, you’re always training for a purpose and you’ve always got that thought on your mind, it’s important that we are listening and doing what they say.
“We’ve gone in head first I think really, especially over the last week, we’re clocking up a few kilometres I think there was some daft number we hit in the first week and it will progressively go up and up. Week one was hard, week two has been harder and it’s only going to get harder.”
Despite coming through the ranks at Hull KR, Cator grew up as an avid FC fan and when he does make his debut for the club, he’ll be fulfilling a lifelong dream.
But how does it feel to train with some of the players he has idolised for some time?
“It’s good to learn off people like that and watch they do,” he added. If you can train with them, it’ll make you a better player and I try and pick up some tips off them, especially someone like Gaz as well, in the forwards as well. It’s good to keep a close eye and see how they do it.
“It shows in games and it shows in training and he’ll be the first to try and help people out and if he can help one of us out he will.”
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