Meet Jordan Lane – The Hull youngster who has twice battled back from adversity
Hull FC youngster Jordan Lane has already overcome more serious injuries at the age of 20 than some players suffer in a career.
The hard-hitting back rower spent a year on the sidelines with a worrying back problem, before missing almost another entire season due to a knee injury.
But Lane has remained focused on progressing at hometown Hull FC, and has been repaid for his dedication by coach Lee Radford this year.
Lane has already played seven times for the Black and Whites, and Radford sees him as one of the major positives of the campaign so far – not least because of his desire to overcome adversity.
Radford said: “He had a severe back problem that last year basically ruled him out for 12 months.
“Prior to that he’d had a knee injury that I think was an eight-month job, and that meant he had a really stop-start early part of his professional career.
“But this season he has been on the field consistently for us.
“He’s performed to a really good standard and he’s been rewarded with a contract extension because of that.
“He hasn’t looked out of place in the first team at all and is a real level-headed kid.
“He’s quite an introverted character and doesn’t give too much away.
“Getting a read on him can be difficult – he’d make a good poker player!
“But he’s gone about things in the right way with his head down and backside up, has done everything the physio asked of him and then some.
“Now he’s reaping the rewards of that.”
Lane is one of a cluster of young players that have featured at Hull this season, alongside the likes of Masi Matongo and Jez Litten.
And such has been Lane’s attitude without the ball, that Radford uses him as an example to more experiences players at the club.
Radford added: “He’s a fantastic line runner on an edge, but without doubt one of his main strengths is the tempo that he defends at.
“He won’t mind me saying this, but I’ve shown some of the senior blokes in the squad footage of Jordan defending because he has this fantastic tempo in contact.
“As a coach that’s great to see because you put an awful lot of work into that in pre-season and it comes naturally to Jordan.”
Club: Hull FC
Amateur club: West Hull
Position: Back row
First team appearances: 3+4
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