Hull FC (14/1 – Grand Final Outright) interim coach Andy Last has backed his side to compete on two fronts and claims his squad can handle the upcoming fixture list.
The Black and Whites return to action in the Betfred Super League on Sunday as they prepare to take on Salford Red Devils at Emerald Headingley (Salford 2/1, Draw 22/1, Hull 4/9 – Match Odds).
With several sides pulling out of this year’s Challenge Cup, the sixth round was redrawn and Hull will now face Castleford Tigers.
The only other tie will see Catalans Dragons do battle with Wakefield Trinity, with the other six clubs receiving byes through to the quarter-finals.
Should Hull FC win, they will take on Wigan Warriors and the extra games are likely to have an impact on their Super League chances.
Despite the gruelling schedule, Last claims Hull (8/1 – Challenge Cup Outright) can compete in both competitions and prove they are the real deal.
He told Serious About Rugby League: “It is a huge challenge. However, I think it is great prospect. I did receive a few phone calls complaining about the situation, claiming it is unfair, but I am really looking forward to it.
“Whenever Hull FC have won the trophy, they’ve had to do it the hard way. Cast your minds back to 2005; we had Super League teams in every round, and it was the same case in 2016 and 2017.
“I love having it difficult as I believe that no team should ever have it easy to win silverware as you have to beat the best to be considered the best.”