The rumour mill is always in overdrive at this time of the year, and with Hull being the goldfish bowl that it is, Hull FC are no different.
The Airlie Birds have already confirmed two outstanding new signings for 2020 in English duo Josh Jones and Adam Swift. Additionally the early season signing of Andre Savelio for the rest of 2019 and beyond was confirmed a few months back, with the forward returning from an injury lay off during the Cup win over Catalans last Thursday night.
Attention now though has turned to overseas signings, with Hull heavily linked with Joel Thompson (Manly) and Kane Evans (Parramatta) in the NRL.
Both names have made the rugby league newspapers now following our ‘who will and won’t sign’ feature from a fortnight ago – which we’ll remind all once again was nothing more than glorified guesswork but then again that’s what most of this stuff is.
Another player has popped up in Ligi Sao, a 26-year-old front rower that currently plays for New Zealand Warriors in the NRL. Sao has been playing off the bench a lot for the Auckland-based side recently and would be a hit in Super League.
Interestingly on that front, players from our competition have been linked with the club again by League Express in Sebastine Ihkahihifo and Kenny Edwards, but we’re not sure on how much mileage there is there. Rumours on Alex Glenn and Mitch Aubusson have gone quiet.
One thing’s for certain it seems that Hull are really going for it next season. There’s a lot of activity to who will stay and who will go out of the current squad too, with over a dozen players still out of contract.
Of the quota players, Fetuli Talanoa has already retired, meaning if Mark Minichiello, Sika Manu and Mickey Paea were all to leave, four overseas signings could be made.
It’s worth mentioning again that due to both his employment in the British Army and background in rugby union, Ratu Naulago doesn’t count as a quota player.