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Kiwi play-maker Aaron Heremaia happy to have multi-role at Hull FC

Last Updated: 07/02/13 3:53pm

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Aaron Heremaia hoping fortunes turn around quickly in Friday's showdown

Aaron Heremaia hoping fortunes turn around quickly in Friday's showdown

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Kiwi play-maker Aaron Heremaia insists he is delighted with life at Hull FC despite being handed different roles.

The former New Zealand international arrived at the KC Stadium last year and looked set to share hooking duties with Danny Houghton.

However, a neck injury hampered his progress and spent much of his debut season in the halves and after starting recent friendlies at scrum half, the 30-year-old reverted to hooker in the Super League opener against Leeds Rhinos last week.

But there is no question of any tension between the ex-New Zealand Warriors star and head coach Peter Gentle.

Heremaia said: "I'm happy in either position and it's a case of doing whatever Pete wants. I enjoyed my role at Headingley and trying to bring some enthusiasm and energy off the bench.

"Coming off the bench means I have to change my role a bit. I've got to come on and up the tempo, try to catch the markers out and use my speed from the ruck.

"When you start the game, it's often a slightly different role but I enjoyed working with Danny Houghton on Friday night and hopefully it's a combination that will bring out the best of both of us."

The Black and Whites ripped into Leeds last week and impressed for an hour before conceding five tries steered the defending champions to a crushing 36-6 win.

Heremaia is determined his team improve for the visit of Bradford Bulls on Friday night for their first home tie in the Super league.

He told Hull's club website: "Momentum was the key and we just couldn't stop it in the second half against Leeds.

"They scored a try, we kicked off and then gave a penalty away and we just couldn't get hold of any possession.

"Our contact was a bit off as well and we allowed their forwards to offload the ball too often. It wasn't nice watching the video back but we've had a good week at training and now we've got to make sure we don't make the same mistakes against Bradford.

"We've seen a bit of their game against Wakefield and their forwards were very good. They gave a platform for players like Jarrod Sammut and Brett Kearney to play from and that's something we know we have to stop."

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