Former Hull FC captain Tony Grimaldi has described interim head coach Andy Last as ‘a thinking man’.

The pair played together for Hull in 2000 and 2001, when Last was just starting out as a professional, but even then it was clear Last has the temperament and the mentality to step behind the scenes in some capacity, says Grimaldi.

After seeing Lee Radford dismissed over two weeks ago, Last has stepped in to take the reins at the KCOM Stadium on a temporary basis, while the club hunt for a new man to take the position.

However, Last hasn’t ruled himself out of the race for the job and might have hoped to use this period as a shop window opportunity before the coronavirus pandemic.  

Grimaldi stopped short of tipping his old mate for the job, but certainly sung his praises when asked about the 39-year-old.

“He’s a good fella,” Grimaldi told Hull Live.

“He was a non-drinker. I got on really well with him, a good crafty hooker.

“He was only a young kid when I was playing with him but he was sensible and a good trainer so I reckon he’s have more chance of doing it than someone like Paul King.

“He had the right skillset back then, he was more of a thinking man and he trained hard and did all the right things.”

Grimaldi may be working as a conditioner for NRL outfit Canterbury Bulldogs at present, but he still finds time to keep up to date with Hull FC’s fortunes in the Super League.

And, while he acknowledges things have been difficult this season, he’s confident the Black and Whites have enough about them to turn their season around.

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“They had such a great start and Manu Ma’u was a great buy,” he said. “I missed a couple of games, looked up and they’d sacked the coach. That Catalans loss was a bit of a catalyst.

“Every game I’ve ever watched Manu Ma’u play, he’s just a tough good player and he would be great to play with I’m sure and you’ve got Gareth Ellis there too and he was the English version of Ma’u.

“A couple of bad games and the season got derailed but the team is good enough to win and win well. With a change of coach usually players start to play a bit better for the first few weeks because they know they have to impress.”