Josh Griffin signs new deal at Hull FC

Hull FC centre Josh Griffin has signed a new two year contract, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2021 season.

Joining the Black and Whites last year, Griffin went on to become one of the most in-form players of 2018, until a cruel knee injury halted his progress.

Griffin has been missing since the Magic Weekend Derby, but is targeting a return against who else but Hull KR.

“I’m massively pleased to get the deal done. Being out of contract at the end of next year, it’s not something that I was necessarily expecting but the club have approached me and I’m happy to sign,” he told the clubs official website.

“It’s nice to see the club show faith in me and that they want to keep me here on a long-term basis. We’re building a good culture here, and that can be seen by all the players who are extending their contracts.

“We’re a close-knit group, and for everyone to be sticking around together is massive for what we’re aiming to achieve.”

Still only 28 years old, the former Salford man has plenty to offer, whether that be in the centre or in the back row.

For now though he’s just happy to get his future secured at Hull FC.

“It’s been tough sat on the sidelines, especially knowing the whole squad has been struggling for numbers in the last few months,” Griffin continued.

“But I worked really at the start of this year on trying to find some good form, and hopefully I can do that again when i get back out there.

“I’m happy to play wherever I’m needed. Thankfully I have the attributes to play in several different positions.

“It would take a few years to adapt to play in the back-row for example every week, but it’s something I’m open to in the future if that’s the path my career takes.”

Head coach Lee Radford, who’s overseen numerous contract extensions this season, added: “It’s another contract extension and another one I’m really happy to have completed.

“This year in particular, Josh’s form has been fantastic and he’s been a really top recruit since joining from Salford last season.

“He’s a player that is only going to get better during his time at the club, and I feel he’s not far away from international recognition now.”

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