It’s not often a player from a struggling team gets recognition at the end of a season. But that’s the case with Hull RUFC winger Mike Adlard who was named in The Rugby Paper’s League 1 Team of the season. Adlard was named as one of the two best wingers in the league after scoring 11 tries in 20 games, by the paper’s reporters who covered every game in the third tier of English rugby. Adlard, who needs nine more tries to bring up his century for the club, was surprised to be named, but honoured to represent the club in such a way.
The chances of a relegated player who failed to pick up a win all season being included in a Dream Team is as slim as any, but Mike Adlard has sneaked his way in. 11 tries from 20 appearances is an impressive return and Adlard’s blistering pace and try scoring prowess was a shining light in Hull’s tough campaign. Adlard was known to be the fastest player in the league but was raced hard by talented winger Morgan Passman of Darlington MP. – The Rugby Paper
“It took me by surprise,” Adlard said.
“I would never have thought I was anywhere near the running with the talented wingers in the league.
“But I am incredibly grateful to receive the honor.
“Although it’s been a tough run with Hull.
“We’ve learnt a lot and we’ve played rugby with our mates on a Saturday!”