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Ellis set to make long-awaited Hull debut

England forward Gareth Ellis will make his long-awaited debut for Hull in Friday's Super League match against London Broncos at the KC Stadium, coach Peter Gentle has confirmed.

The 32-year-old former Leeds and Wests Tigers back-row forward was the club'smajor close-season signing after ending his four-year spell in the RNL and wasappointed by Gentle as his new captain for 2013.

However, he fractured a bone in his foot before the opening match of Super League at Leeds back in February and only resumed full training 10 days ago.

Rugby: Gareth Ellis - missing Hull debut was my "lowest ever point"

Rugby League England international Gareth Ellis says missing out on making his Hull debut last Friday was "probably my lowest-ever point".

The newly-appointed Black and Whites captain was set to make his eagerly-awaited return to Super League at his old club Leeds but was forced to pull out of the match after hurting his foot in the warm-up.

The 31-year-old, who is still awaiting the result of scans to determine the extent of the injury, has spoken about the disappointment for the first time.

"It went from being one of the highlights of my career to probably being my lowest-ever point in the space of a couple of minutes," he says in the match-day programme for Hull's home game against Bradford tonight.

"I was really looking forward to leading the team for the first time as being the captain is a huge honour for me and I just wanted to go out there and try to live up to the expectation.

"My first thought was that I was letting everybody down. I had a real mix of emotions going through me and I'm really disappointed. It wasn't the way I wanted to start off at the club."

– Gareth Ellis


Scans ease Ellis injury fears

Hull FC says scans have showed the foot injury sustained by new signing Gareth Ellis is not as bad as first feared, although he is facing a spell on the sidelines.

The England back rower, who was appointed as the Black and Whites' captain after joining them on a three-year contract from Wests Tigers, injured his foot during the warm-up for last night's Super League opener at Leeds.

The injury rekindled memories of the fractured foot that kept the 31-year-old former Wakefield and Leeds favourite out for three months last season but Hull say it is not a re-occurrence of the same injury.

Ellis will visit a specialist early next week before an accurate assessment of the extent of his injury can be confirmed and how long he'll be out of action,"

– Hull FC spokesman