Richard Agar insists tomorrow’s return to his old stamping ground is “not about me”.
The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats boss will take a team to KC Stadium for the first time since leaving Hull at the end of last season.
“It is absolutely not about me,” stressed Agar, who was not retained as Hull coach after new owner Adam Pearson moved in.
“I had seven years there and I loved every minute of it. Every day I worked my hardest and I left on really good terms, with some very good friends there.
“It has been very easy for me to move on and move on quickly. I truly accepted the situation when it came around and I got myself another job.
“The fact the place has had a big overhaul and all the people I worked alongside have gone now made it a bit easier as well.
“I haven’t looked back a single moment, I am very much looking forward and my focus is on this club, trying to build something here. I am thoroughly enjoying it here.”
Agar feels Hull have now got their strongest squad for “six or seven years” and he admitted “it would have been nice to coach it”, but he said: “As we all know, coaches are hired to be fired and I think seven years was a good trot there.
“When I went for an initial two years I didn’t think I’d be there seven. I have got some really good memories and I’m really proud of some of the stuff we achieved.”
The Wildcats coach admitted he’s unsure of what reception he will receive tomorrow and described that as a “pantomime”.
He said: “Some people will shake my hand, others will give me a boo. But once the game kicks off, that’s what it’s about.”
Wildcats have lost their last two games while Hull were beaten at Salford last weekend and Agar said both sides have more important things to worry about than past connections.
“Quite often in your career you come across your old teams,” he said. “I’ve done that already once this season, going to Widnes.
“This is no different. It’s about what happens on the field in the 80 minutes and we felt we let ourselves down against Bradford last week.
“That’s as poor as we’ve played for a number of weeks, but it has focused us on what we need to improve this weekend. If we can fix up a couple of glaring errors that let us down last week, we will be in with a shout.”
Agar added: “We did score four tries – and for the second week running had a perfectly good one ruled out for a forward pass – with very limited possession. That reaffirms our belief that if we can get a fair share of the ball we are a team that can produce points. We are really confident in that.”
The coach will select from the 17 players who lost 36-18 to Bradford last week, plus half-back Liam Kay – who has yet to make his senior debut – and centre Lucas Walshaw. He said he is considering “one or two changes, based on form over the last two games”.
Ben Cockayne is a slight doubt, but Wildcats’ only definite injury absentee is broken hand victim Kyle Amor.
Agar said: “Next week might be a bit too soon, but we are hoping to have him back the week after.”
Off-season signings Eamon O’Carroll – who has recovered from a back injury – and Jamie Ellis are in contention to make their Hull debut and Sam Moa is available after a one-game ban, so Danny Nicklas drops out from last weekend’s team.
Hull: from McKinnon, Sharp, Martin, Yeaman, Briscoe, Horne, Seymour, O’Meley, Houghton, Lynch, Manu, Tickle, Aspinwall, Whiting, Turner, Bowden, Moa, O’Carroll, Ellis.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: from Mathers, Fox, Collis, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Smith, Wilkes, Aiton, Southern, Kirmond, Lauitiiti, Washbrook, Wood, Raleigh, Johnson, Trout, Kay, Walshaw.
Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens).
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.