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Dream come true for Aldous

Hull FC's latest debutant Jack Aldous has caught the bug of first team rugby league after making his 'dream' debut against Oldham at the weekend.
Dream come true for Aldous
by NRL

Hull FC's latest debutant Jack Aldous has caught the bug of first team rugby league after making his 'dream' debut against Oldham at the weekend.

After a string of magnificent performances in the U20's over the last 18 months, the 20-year-old prop was finally handed his chance to shine and produced a fine inaugural performance in Black and White.

Aldous said, "That's exactly what it was, a dream come true.

"I think what made it more special was how many fans had turned out for the game too, to still get 6,000 for a cup tie like that is pretty good.

"If that's what it's like for Oldham in the cup, then imagine what a Super League crowd will be like, I'd love it."

His enthusiasm was there for all to see, helped by the fans behind the posts as he ran on to make his first carry with applause and shouts of encouragement as the Old Faithful bore witness to the start of what they hope could be another special career of a home grown star.

"I could here them clapping and shouting 'come on Jack' and things like that which was good and I got a good reception, but I was really nervous!" the former Skirlaugh Bulls player said.

"Sitting on the bench I was very nervous and just wanted to get on and get the first set out of the way. Once I got that first drive in I was fine and I really enjoyed it."

Aldous wasn't the only youngster to embark on their Hull FC senior career during Saturday's emphatic 82-0 win.

Fellow U20's forward, Liam Kent, made his long awaited debut having turned full-time at the beginning of 2010 and he also produced a strong opening display.

Having left the field to applause from the fans, the atmosphere was just as good in the changing rooms after the match when they were both asked to lead the winning chorus of Old Faithful!

"Me and Kenty started it and then everyone joined in. It's bit weird really when you singing and looking around and there's people like Martin Gleeson and Mark O'Meley singing next to you!"

Head coach Richard Agar kept a watchful eye over the performances of the youngster, having watched their progress closely as they develop in the club's academy structure.

Speaking after the match, he was pleased with what he saw.

"It was really. Jack had a big stint and we are really happy with how he went, it was a very competent display," Agar told the press after the game.

"Kenty runs a genuine straight, hard line and he knows his job. He could have probably got a shot earlier if he hadn't been suspended last year.

"They've had to be patient, but we think a lot about them and they took their opportunity well."

For now though, despite enjoying his first taste of senior rugby and desperate to get another game under his belt, Aldous' main focus returns to the U20's campaign in the Valvoline Cup this season.

With both Kent, Reece Lyne and himself away on first-team duty, an under-strength 20's side fell from top spot on the table with a defeat to Harlequins and Aldous is keen to put it right.

"I've just got to keep doing what I am doing and my first priority is to get back with the 20s and get back winning again.

"I watched the Quins game and we got outplayed on the day so we need to get back to winning ways against Salford next week."

You'll be able to watch Aldous and the team in action for the U20's against Salford on Friday evening as they play a curtain raiser ahead of the first-team fixture on the same night.


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