It is fair to say that Darnell McIntosh has accepted life at Hull FC so far. On the field, the fast winger has 10 tries in 12 games, but outside of that, he is equally committed to the Black and White goal.
Born in Huddersfield and with a grenade legacy, McIntosh signed a three-year contract with Hull FC before the 2022 season, but, unlike similar signings in the past, he has moved to our little corner of the world.
Without M62 frustrations, it’s that decision that in the eyes of the former Giants star proves dividends for his home life as well as on the pitch. “I’m a Hull boy now. I live in Hull, “McIntosh told Hull Live.” For me, I wanted to dive right into it at Hull and move here was part of that.
“It was a fresh start on a personal level, and it refreshes things for your rugby as well. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing, both living here and playing here.
“I’ve always been advised that travel can be a problem and it can cause you, not only mentally but also physically. It’s not great for you when you’ve had a hard day at training, and you’re sitting in the car and caught up in traffic.
“Hull is a big city. I grew up in Huddersfield and spent some time living in Leeds, but Hull doesn’t feel that fast. I find it really homely to live here. I feel like people are friendly. Although Hull is a city, it almost has that city as a feeling, and that helped me. It was very welcome, I’m not sorry and I’m very happy here. ”
Not only was his test score accurate, but so was his ability to score. The sidekick revealed to Hull Live last week the satisfaction he has with enduring the ball, and it is that amount of work that has delighted himself to the home crowd.
However, not only on the day of the match you feel that appreciation, but also on the street, this is not a problem for a well-founded, young player who wants to give something back.
“I’m walking with my girlfriend, and I’m stopped,” McIntosh continued. “She finds it a little weird but I don’t mind. If you’re a passionate fan and you pay for your hard-earned money I think, and as long as it’s reasonable, I can stop and chat with them quickly. It may be two minutes from my day, there are a lot of fans in Hull, and I’m pretty much stopped, but I enjoy it. I want to give back that piece.
“Growing up in Huddersfield, I always saw Leroy Cudjoe, Jermaine McGillvary and Michael Lawrence, and I thought it was never too far away.
“One thing I noticed in Hull is that there are a lot of kids and a lot of amateur teams. It’s a massive sport in Hull and it’s really pushed. If you can just get in touch and interact with them, it makes a big difference. I know the club is massive about that, and they put a lot of amateur teams to the ground. I like it, more kids coming through the streets can only be good for the club. “
Fan engagement for Hull has been massive this year. Without Covid restrictions, Hull had already had success in the community with his Hull and Proud week, and also provided ticket offers for junior fans.
These initiatives have been rewarded with strong support. While the result at Wakefield has been disappointing, Hull has won his last six games at home – something that currently at least has them within the play-off positions. McIntosh played a big role in those screens. He scored a hat-trick against Toulouse and also added to his tally against Wigan last month.
“We put a lot of emphasis on it this year to make sure games at home mean something, get the results and make teams not want to come here,” McIntosh added. “We have set standards and we want to keep improving by playing in these great games. That was a big part of me coming here.
“Personally, I just want to be free from injury right now. Every game I think I am aware of more things I can improve. I want to keep improving and adding more things to my area. I feel confident right now and I feel like I’m playing well, but I just want to keep challenging myself. I want to do good for myself, the team, and my teammates. “