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