MARC Sneyd has warned Hull FC fans to expect a different player than the one they have cheered for seven years.
One who loves to be free from the burden of expectations they have piled on his side.
The Salford star raised eyebrows at his return to the club that started it all at the start of the season.
But after seeing things click under boss Paul Rowley when he was injured – in games they lost – he has a role to play as they try to dazzle their way into the play-offs.
And under promises, but delivering is definitely better than the other way around.
Sneyd said: “There’s that expectation in Hull because they’re known for being a big club and the fans really feel at that big club.
“When things don’t go right, it’s a big disappointment. At Salford. We’ve played fantastic rugby and are now starting to draw attention.
“But other than that, we fly well under the radar. Players probably don’t realize how under the radar it is.
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“For me, it’s the other end of the Richter scale compared to what I’ve had for the past seven years. Social media is 10x quieter and you can just focus on your rugby, it’s brilliant.”
Salford knows three wins will seal a place in the top six if he beats Hull tonight and Castleford should do it on Monday.
And Sneyd feels Rowley’s style of play – not afraid to risk his arm – has brought different aspects of his game to the fore.
The 31-year-old scrum-half also admitted he knew things were going to be good when he was injured, adding, “From the outside it might seem like that belief was just coming, but we have understood very early on what we can do if we could get all the parts to work.
“I watched two games and we narrowly lost to Wigan and St Helens but those performances showed me, ‘We’ve got something here and it’s going to fall eventually.’
“I didn’t play but it was like ‘let’s go’ and the way we play definitely changed me. I have qualities I’ve always had, but I can do things I haven’t necessarily had the opportunity to do.
“Most teams play with limitations, but that’s like, ‘If there’s an opportunity to run, take it whenever or wherever it is.’ It’s very different, but very enjoyable.
“But the next two games are tremendous, as they have been for the last six or seven weeks.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6073612/super-league-salford-hull-marc-sneyd/ Marc Sneyd believes he’s a different player now he’s ‘under the radar’ at Salford.