Few players illustrate Hull FC’s revival under Brett Hodgson better than Adam Swift.
The former St Helens winger was restricted to just five appearances in his first year at the club in 2020, as the Black and Whites parted company with Lee Radford and battled a Covid outbreak. But Swift was handed a clean slate by new boss Hodgson and has taken it with both hands, starting every league game in their undefeated start to the campaign.
“Last season was one I wouldn’t look back on in any kind of positive terms,” Swift admitted. “Making my debut in the Hull KR derby was good, but there were some average performances from myself and I found it difficult to find any form.
“But that’s dead and buried now. Brett coming in was sort of a fresh start and put everyone on a level playing field.
“I wanted to have a good pre-season and prove I’m still the player that I was when I was in form at St Helens. I think I’ve done that up to now. I was fortunate enough to get a starting shirt and it’s up to me now to keep my standards high and keep hold of it.”
Swift scored 86 tries in 130 games for St Helens and was a member of their 2014 Grand Final winning side. But the emergence of Regan Grace saw him look for opportunities elsewhere, and resulted in his switch across the Pennines. “I had to accept that I wasn’t going to be a one club player,” he explained.
"It was a tough season last year but now everyone is looking forward to what we can do this year. I read the stat this week that this is the club’s best start to a season since 2009, and that’s credit to the coaching staff and all the lads buying into it.”
A major test of those credentials will come on Thursday against a Wigan team that has won every game to date, and is a familiar foe for Swift. He added: “Being a Saints lad and growing up watching them, the derby with Wigan always used to be the highlight of the season.
“They’re going really well, they’ve got some skilful players and Zak Hardaker is in good form. But we want to be a force to be reckoned with this year.”
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