Player retention and recruitment is rampant throughout rugby league, and Hull FC are no different.
2020 is still young, but planning will have already started for 2021, 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 are expected to 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 renewed 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.
Those that will leave the club at the end of 2020
Ratu Naulago – Seen the cash signs and signed a deal with Bristol rugby union who are owned by a billionaire. You can’t compete with that.
Those out of contract at the end of 2020
Jamie Shaul – Before concussion knocks hit him last year he was outstanding. If both parties can come to an agreement it’s a no-brainer.
Carlos Tuimavave – Both Carlos and his family are keen to stay and this one should sort itself out. Class act. One of Hull’s best.
Albert Kelly – Complete madness if Albey is allowed to leave the club and right now it looks like that’ll be the case. Get pen to paper. Now.
Danny Houghton – He’ll be 32 when his current deal expires but expect him to go round again.
Jordan Lane – Had rotten luck with injuries as a teenager but he’s come on leaps and bounds since. Says a lot about him. Every bit the Super League player and his deal should be renewed.
Liam Harris – Sneyd was Hull’s highest appearance maker in 2019, so chances for Harris were non-existent. He’s now on loan at Halifax and his future will probably depend on how he does there.
Gareth Ellis – Captain, leader, legend will play into his fourth decade as a professional rugby league player in 2020. Remarkable player and human being. Can he play on to 40?
Kieran Buchanan – Last season was an encouraging year for Kieran and he’s kicked on this term too. Expect a new deal to follow.
Charlie Graham – Speedster winger who had a good year in the Reserves. If he progresses then a new deal may follow.
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 by 32 at the end of his current contract.