Blacklock shows Hull commitment

Last updated at 14:32 17 December 2004

New Hull signing Nathan Blacklock believes the club have what it takes to lift the Super League crown in 2005.

Australian international Blacklock arrived in England on Wednesday after joining Hull on a two-year deal and believes he has already seen enough to convince him he has made the right move.

The 28-year-old winger, who has sacrificed spending Christmas in his home country to join his new team-mates a fortnight early, said: "I wanted to come over in plenty of time so that when the season gets going I can hit the ground running.

"By coming over before I was supposed to I have made that break and now there is no looking back. I wanted to prove to the players and the fans of the club that I have the desire and the passion to be here."

The former St George Illawarra star, who also had a spell in rugby union with New South Wales Waratahs, had an injury-hit 2004 but now claims he is fit and raring to go.

He said: "I had a hamstring injury last season which meant my spell with St George ended on bad note but I'm now completely over that.

"I haven't come over here to go home empty-handed. I firmly believe that this club is capable of winning trophies next season and I hope that I can play my part in that."

Blacklock arrives at the KC Stadium with a big reputation after topping the NRL tryscoring charts in three consecutive seasons after joining the Dragons.

The twice-capped Kangaroo insists however he has no interest in personal records and is interested only in helping Hull to glory.

He added: "Obviously there are some special players in Super League, the likes of [Lesley] Vainikolo and [Danny] McGuire, who scored lots of tries last season.

"It would be nice to get up there with them but the success of the team comes way before anything I want to do. I'll see how the season pans out for me in that respect."