Phelps aims to impress
Australian utility back Cameron Phelps will have an added incentive to catch the eye for Hull FC in tonight’s Engage Super League match against St Helens at the Stobart Stadium.
The 26-year-old former Wigan Warriors full-back admits his career is on the line after Hull’s latest splurge into the overseas transfer market put the squeeze on the club’s quota spots for 2012.
Phelps was snapped up on a short-term contract in February after the sacking of Jordan Tansey and has endured an injury-hit campaign so far.
Hull coach Richard Agar yesterday swooped for a third overseas player, half-back Brett Seymour, following his earlier capture of Wade McKinnon and Aaron Heremaia, and that has left little room for manoeuvre with the club’s five-strong import quota and left Phelps facing an uncertain future.
“I’ve been told by Richard if I play a few more games, he’ll be happy to have a chat then,” he said.
“If I can perform in those few games, hopefully I can stay at Hull. That’s what I’d like to do if possible. If not, I’ve got to get out there and put myself in the shop window.
“My career is on the line and I’ve got to perform.”
Phelps has missed six matches this year with a nagging hamstring problem but returned to the side for last week’s big win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and tonight will be aiming to help in-form Hull make it four wins in a row.
“We’ve started to get players in key positions forming good combinations and our forwards are really working hard for each other,” said Phelps.
“It was a bit frustrating earlier in the year. The boys were trying really hard but things weren’t going our way.
“Now things are starting to happen. I think we can produce something towards the back end of the season.
“It’s a massive game tonight. Saints are a great side and have been performing well recently. We’re going to have to be on our game.”
Elsewhere tonight, Phelps’ old club Wigan will look to continue their sparkling form when they entertain Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves need to win at Castleford Tigers to retain top spot and Salford City Reds aim to complete the double over Harlequins RL.