Hull FC’s director of rugby Shaun McRae has backed Kirk Yeaman to come back stronger after he was omitted from the Hull team to face Castleford last week.

Hull had hoped that dropping one of their key players would spark their team into life after they had put in a dreadful display against the Catalan Dragons, but it did not have the desired effect and they ended up losing 30-28 to Castleford.

It is the first time that Yeaman has been dropped in his career, but McRae believes he should use it as added motivation to get back to his best form.

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, McRae said: “We all know what Kirk is capable of doing and I am sure he will only come back stronger from this.

"Kirk is working his socks off to get back in the team and what this shows is that everyone is vulnerable. That is the sort of pressure you want the team under.

"You never want to make wholesale changes because that rarely works, but sometimes you have to make a few changes and it certainly doesn't hurt."

Hull will be hoping that the surprise decision doesn’t affect Yeaman in a negative way as they look to get back to winning ways and move up from the sixth placed position they are currently in.

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