CATCHING UP WITH JACK SANDERSON
I've seen Jack Sanderson play on a number occasions. I travelled with City of Hull to Newcastle Thunder last summer where he was dominant throughout! Power, pace, skill you name it! More recently he impressed in front of a good crowd at the KC Stadium, scoring for Hull FC against their city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers with a convincing performance to suggest though still 19-years-old, he is ready to step up from the Academy to be part of a full-time professional setup.
Now on a 1 year loan at Doncaster, it felt like a good time to catch up with Jack as the Dons prepare to play against NCL Premier Division; Myton Warriors who are a team local lad Sanderson has some strong links with.
1. Which Super League team did you grow up supporting?
" I grew up and spent most of my life in the East side of hull but a couple of years ago I made the switch to Hessle on the West side. Growing up I was always changing who I supported between Hull FC and Rovers mainly because most of my family supported Rovers and my Grandad, who is a massive rovers fan, bought me a pass every year so I could go with him. But now I would say for the past 6 years I've been a Hull FC fan and I've been going to watch the games with my dad".
2. When did you sign as a professional?
"I signed with FC when I was 16 after Rich Horne watched me play at Skirlaugh. I only had one year left to get signed for the 19's and luckily I did just enough to do that and signed a 3 year deal. I had a good few years there, especially in my first year. when I played alongside Josh Wood who was a great leader and helped push me a lot. It was also good to play with others I had grown up playing with such Reece Dean, Ross Osborne, Callum Lancaster and Brad Parker. We made it to two semi finals in the 3 years I was there and then in my final year I signed a 2 year deal at Hull FC first team.
3. How would you describe the transition from Academy level at City of Hull to playing at Doncaster on loan?
"Being on loan at Doncaster is probably the best thing for me to develop as a player and as a person. I need to get used to playing against men and also to mature off the pitch. Coming from a full-time environment I need to be a role model and earn the respect from a new set of players. I would say the biggest difference is how physical the tackles are compared to the 19's, I found it easier to break tackles because I was stronger but playing against big middles is something I need to get used to! Despite this, I'd say I am still the wrestle king at any team I am a part of and I am still looking for someone to beat me! I think I'm fitting in well at Doncaster and it can make me a better player!
4. How did you get involved in coaching the Juniors over at Myton Warriors and what are your thoughts on potentially playing against the first team in the Challenge Cup 3rd Round?
" I've been coaching at Myton Under-14s for a couple of years now, I used to go and watch them until the head coach Gareth Fox asked me if I wanted to help him out so I've been doing it since then and we have a great set up there! Some of our successes include getting to the Hull Cup final two years in a row and winning one of them! Also, a few of our lads have been given an opportunity to train with the City of Hull and hopefully a few more will join them because it would be great to play alongside some of the juniors I have coached in the future!
I'm looking forward to the game against Myton in the cup, I know a couple of the players after going with my dad to watch them over the years and hopefully I get the chance to play! They are a good side and I'm sure will give us a good game! I'd like to be involved so I'll try and give Rich a reason to put me in the team this week during training and then get the win at weekend to have a good run in the cup".