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.
A list of confirmed departures in 2019 can be found here
2020 contract renewals
Cameron Scott – Will spend 2020 on loan at Leigh after signing a new two year deal. Promising youngster that needs to kick on to the next level now. Lewis Bienek will also spend the season at Leigh, despite the club signing a dual reg agreement with Bradford.
Those out of contract at the end of 2020
Jamie Shaul – Before concussion knocks hindered his year he was outstanding. Hits that form again and he’ll get a new deal. That simple.
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 arrived and with Matty’s ACL injury it’ll be tough to get opportunities, but when he does he has to take them.
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 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.
Gareth Ellis – Captain, leader, legend will play into his fourth decade as a professional rugby league player in 2020. Remarkable player and human being.
Ratu Naulago – Reports already of a move to rugby union. Hull may have to push the boat out if they want to keep him.
Kieran Buchanan – Last season was an encouraging year for Kieran. 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.
Jack Sanderson – Spent all of last season with a shoulder injury but he’s back training now and ready to play. Deal expired end of 2019 but he’s been kept on in pre-season.
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), 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. Hopefully one eye will be on Jake the Snake too.
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’s a class act.