The Hull FC contract situation – when every deal runs out

Player retention and recruitment is rampant throughout rugby league, and Hull FC are no different. 

2020 hasn’t even kicked off yet, 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 out of contract at the end of 2019

Cameron Scott – Promising youngster. No new deal has been announced yet and he wasn’t part of the departing players recognition at the awards night.

Gareth Ellis – He said he’s going round again. It’s Gareth Ellis. What’s the hold up?

Jack Sanderson – Finally had surgery on his shoulder and will be ready to play again soon. No announcement on a new deal as of yet.

A list of confirmed departures in 2019 can be found here

Those out of contract at the end of 2020

Jamie Shaul – Before concussion knocks hindered his year he was outstanding. Hits that form again then he’ll get a new deal.

Carlos Tuimavave – If Carlos and his family are keen to stay then this one should sort itself out. Class act. Criminally under-rated.

Albert Kelly – Form is never an issue, but a lot will depend on his fitness. If he plays regularly a new deal should follow.

Danny Houghton – He’ll be 32 when his current deal expires, not that it means much in Danny Houghton years. Expect him to go round again.

Matty Dawson-Jones – With what’s coming in and with Matty’s ACL injury it’ll be tough to get opportunities. Will look to shine in the Reserves.

Jordan Lane – Had rotten luck with injuries as a teenager but he’s come on leaps and bounds. 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 rare. He’ll be a key part of a high standard reserve competition in 2020. His future will probably depend on how he does in that.

Ratu Naulago – Reports already of a move to rugby union. Hull will have to push the boat out if they want to keep him.

Kieran Buchanan – Encouraging season for Kieran. Expect a new deal to follow next year.

Charlie Graham – Speedster winger who’s 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 (another year option), Tevita Satae, 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 the new signings. As for the Snake, can Hull sign him up for life now?

Those out of contract at the end of 2022

Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, Mahe Fonua, Jordan Johnstone

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


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  1. Without Mickey Paea the team lose too much grunt up front. Noticeable that when he’s off the pitch, Hull lose so much go-forward.I’d keep him for another year at least.

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