Player retention and recruitment is rampant throughout rugby league, and Hull FC are no different.
Whilst there’s been no play in 2020 since March, talks about 2021 will have been frequent, with many blokes out of contract come the end of next year.
Ranging from youngsters to the more senior members at the club, some of those names will re-sign, or in some cases either hang up their boots or move on to pastures new.
There’s also players already contracted beyond 2020, and in Scott Taylor’s case, right up to 2023.
Those that have or will renew this year for 2021 and beyond
Cameron Scott – Will spend 2020 on loan at Leigh (along with Lewis Bienek) after signing a new two year deal. Promising youngster that needs to kick on to the next level now.
Jamie Shaul, Carlos Tuimavave, Danny Houghton and Jordan Lane are not on the RFL’s published out of contract list, suggesting they have all signed new deals at Hull FC.
Shaul is a no brainer, constantly puts himself into positions to score tries and is defensively sound from fullback. Also developing a passing game.
Tuimavave is one of the most under-rated players in Super League. Keen to stay and a great bit of business.
Houghton will be given one last hurrah and he’s earned that. Club legend.
Lane is one of the most promising youngsters at the club.
Those that will leave the club at the end of 2020
Ratu Naulago – Wants to be closer to his family, so signed a bumper deal with Bristol rugby union who are owned by a billionaire. You can’t compete with that.
Albert Kelly – Confirmed on his Instagram page that he will head back to Australia at the end of the year. Real shame. Few are better in this league.
Those out of contract at the end of 2020
Liam Harris – Looks likely to depart the club having been named on the RFL’s list of players not offered new deals. Spent the year on loan at Halifax and that move may well be made permanent.
Gareth Ellis –
Captain, leader, legend is currently playing in his fourth decade as a professional rugby league player. Remarkable player and human being. Can he play on to 40? The list says it’s still to be determined.
Kieran Buchanan – Last season was an encouraging year for Kieran and he’s kicked on this term too. However he’s another on the RFL’s not offered a deal list. Surprised with that one.
Charlie Graham – Speedster winger who has enjoyed his time in the Reserves, but another player on the not offered a deal list.
Lewis Bienek – On the list and says still to be determined despite the club announcing him on a three and a half year deal back in 2018.
Those out of contract at the end of 2021
Bureta Faraimo, Josh Griffin, Jake Connor, Masimbaashe Matongo, Brad Fash, Lewis Bienek(?), Andre Savelio, Connor Wynne, Jack Brown, Josh Jones, Adam Swift, Manu Ma’u (one year option), Chris Satae, and Ligi Sao
There are 14 players out of contract come the end of 2021. There’s some youth there that if potential is met then they will be signed up. The same goes for this year’s new signings. Hopefully one eye will be on Jake the Snake too – if he excels in his preferred position that is.
Those out of contract at the end of 2022
Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, Mahe Fonua, Jordan Johnstone, Cameron Scott
It’s hoped Johnstone can be the long-term successor to Houghton. Bowden and Fonua will be young enough to go round again should form at the time permit. Sneyd will be 31, and by then will have a mountain of club records in his back pocket.
Those out of contract at the end of 2023
Scott Taylor – Will hope to see his career out at Hull. He’ll be 32 at the end of his current contract.