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Rugby League news: Jack Hughes discusses 'the worst pain ever, Lee Radford on new signing, Hull KR's positivity

Lee Radford likens new Hull FC signing Jordan Johnstone to top Super League hooker

Lee Radford has likened new Hull FC signing Jordan Johnstone to Castleford Tigers’ Paul McShane and insists he has a bright future at the club.

The young Widnes Vikings hooker has signed a three-year deal with the Black and Whites which will be activated when he makes the switch to the KCOM Stadium ahead of the 2020 season.

As such, with Jez Litten signing a three-year deal with Hull KR when his loan at Craven Park expires, Johnstone is expected to deputise for skipper Danny Houghton at nine next season.

New Hull FC signing Jordan Johnstone
New Hull FC signing Jordan Johnstone (Image: Hull FC)

The 22-year-old, who started his career with Whitehaven, has been a regular with Kieron Purtill’s Vikings this year following the club’s relegation from the top flight and his performances have caught the eye of Radford.

Garbutt staying positive

Mitch Garbutt says Hull KR are “not thinking the worst” despite suffering a damaging defeat to relegation rivals Wakefield Trinity on Sunday.

Rovers went into the weekend with a buffer but that was virtually wiped out after bottom side London Broncos beat Catalans Dragons 17-4 and Rovers were hammered 38-10 by Wakefield.

KR are now level with the Broncos in the table and only 18 better off on points difference.

Mitch Garbutt, right, prepares to pack down with his fellow Hull KR forwards
Mitch Garbutt, right, prepares to pack down with his fellow Hull KR forwards

There were worrying signs as they collapsed against Trinity, yet confidence in the camp largely remains intact.

“It was very disappointing,” said Garbutt. “We had a really good build-up to the game and it was a pretty strong side out there for us so it’s massively disappointing.

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Jack Hughes on the pain of rupturing his testicle

Warrington Wolves forward Jack Hughes has opened up on playing through the pain of a ruptured testicle.

Hughes was kneed in the Wolves’ defeat to Catalans Dragons less than three weeks ago and remarkably played on, thinking he could run the injury off.

He was taken to a nearby hospital in Perpignan immediately after for surgery that would save his testicle.

“When I got kneed it was the worst pain ever. I would not wish that on anyone,” he said.

“I couldn’t stand up for five minutes but then I thought I’d be able to run it off and initially it eased off.

“But it started getting worse and I was struggling to run at high speed so I knew something wasn’t right.

Warrington Wolves' Jack Hughes
Warrington Wolves' Jack Hughes (Image: SW pix)

“I came off and when I saw how big my testicle had swollen I started to get worried.

“I was in such pain whether I stood up or sat down so I said I’d walk to the hospital because it was nearby but the ambulance thankfully arrived.”

Just days after having the stitches removed, Hughes is expected to return to action this weekend as Warrington meet St Helens in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

Fortunately, though, his teammates have been extremely supportive...

“I have had every joke you could think of and most of them are too rude to reveal,” he added.

“But I am now called Half A Sack Jack or One Ball Paul - they’ve turned my testicles into a double act.

“It’s pretty hysterical to be honest.”

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