Adam Pearson revealed on BBC Radio Humberside last week that Hull FC are indeed looking to bring in two more faces for 2017. The Black & Whites have already signed Josh Griffin, Jake Connor and Nick Rawsthorne for next season, but with room on the cap, who will be the stand-off and outside-back they turn to?
Following the departure of Leon Pryce, the retirement of Feka Paaleaesina and Kirk Yeaman, and with Callum Lancaster expected to leave the club, Hull admittedly have a few gaps to fill.
The overall consensus among supporters is that Hull FC need a 6 if they’re to push on to the next level. Carlos Tuimavave was given a centre’s shirt at the start of the season; he was sensational in the first few games against Salford and Catalans, but a move to stand-off doesn’t seem to have suited him in Super League. The 24-year old sometimes looks naive to take on the line, and can often slow the play down. There is a great talent in the Kiwi, supporters just aren’t sure if that’s best being used in the halves.
Pearson admitted that this is a position that they are looking to strengthen, so who will the Black & Whites turn to? Here are a few options which seem to keep cropping up on social media:
Really? One of the guys that FC fans love to hate the very most? Well his name won’t go away. It’s all but confirmed that Kelly will not be playing for Hull KR in the Championship next season; following a string of contract breaches, the 25-year old will be let go by the East Hull side. But, it’s understood that although Kelly is keen to stay in the UK, he has not received any offers.
Wakefield and Leigh were both said to be keeping an eye on the Aussie, but it’s believed that they were turned off by his poor attitude. Given Lee Radford’s history of fishing out the bad-eggs at Hull FC, (Joe Westerman and Tom Lineham), it’s unlikely he’d go for a player of such a controversial nature, but his name does keep cropping up from those who claim to be in the know. I can’t see it myself, but stranger things have happened…
Another name that has cropped up in the forums from those who seem to have inside knowledge. Although another player who is leaving his respected club for poor discipline, this one may have a bit more legs to it than Kelly. Carney was said to be of interest to Hull KR before their relegation as a marque player, but could their cross city rivals pull off the signing.
Carney hasn’t lit the world alight since he joined that Catalan Dragons at the start of the the 2015 season, but there is no denying he is a talented player. Marc Sneyd needs a confident sidekick to push on to the next level, something the 30 year old isn’t short of.
The only problem with this one is that the player is said to be homesick. Lee Radford will not want such a key player in his squad, whose mind is elsewhere.
From one Dragon to another, could the 26-year old be an option for Hull FC? Myler isn’t a name that’s been mentioned, but the former Warrington, Salford and Widnes man could be the answer to Hull FC’s problems. Not a lot seems to have been heard of him since his move to the South of France, but there’s no denying that he’s still in the prime of his career.
An all-English half pairing could work wonders, but Hull may have to fend off interest from NRL clubs. Manly are said to be interested in Myler, just as they were at the start of last season.
After all the hype of Ryan Brierley’s move away from the Leigh Centurions, things haven’t exactly gone to plan at the Huddersfield Giants. The 24-year old has struggled to get into the side at times, but has proved at the back end of the Super 8s what a player they have been missing out on , none more so than in his sensational performance at Hull KR.
Brierley’s running game is nothing short of sensational, something that the Black & Whites really need to back up Marc Sneyd. The player is still young and has the world at his feet. There is an international player in there if he can really find his feet and settle at a club.
A stumbling block could be FC’s touchy relationship with Huddersfield; following the debacle over Jake Connor’s move, things aren’t exactly positive between the sides.
A player that always seems to have an absolute stormer of a game against the Black & Whites, a huge fee would be involved if Hull FC were to pull this one off. At just 21, the Wigan-born lad is already an England international, and would be remarkable if FC could pull this one off. But, if the club are to really start challenging at the top of the table, they need to consider themselves one of the big boys now, and on the same level as the Warriors.
The player is heavily admired by Hull FC fans and always received the compliments of the supporters every time he plays against them. If Lee Radford could pull this one off, it’d be one hell of a signing. His former team mate Scott Taylor could be a driving factor if this one came off. I’ll keep dreaming…
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