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Best Hull FC 2025 starting 13 and bench based on signings – and if rumours are true

John Asiata Hull FC

It’s fair to say Hull FC ‘s 2024 Super League campaign has been one to forget. The Black and Whites have won just two games all season and the huge turnover in personnel has been indicative of their struggles on the pitch. 

More changes are coming, though, with John Cartwright set to take charge of the club this winter and a raft of new signings are on the way, too. The likes of John Asiata, Zak Hardaker, Jordan Abdull and Oliver Holmes have committed to Hull FC for next season and the hope in west Hull is that more new faces will be announced before the end of the campaign. 

Hull also have several decisions to make when it comes to player retention, with key men such as Danny Houghton, Carlos Tuimavave and Joe Cator off contract at the end of the season. The club do have a talented bunch of youngsters to fall back on, though, and Cartwright will be keen to work with them, too, when he arrives in East Yorkshire. 

With that in mind, here’s a look at how Hull FC could line up in 2025. 

Full-back: Logan Moy 

Logan Moy Hull FC

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The 18-year-old only made his debut for the club in April but he has already become a key member of Simon Grix’s makeshift FC line-up. He’s made 10 appearances so far and he looks set to play an important role next season, too. Cartwright may well be looking to add more of an experienced figure at the back, but Moy will certainly have caught his eye. 

Wingers: Tom Briscoe and Lewis Martin  

Briscoe may be 34 but he’s still going strong and unless something changes he looks set to be one of Cartwright’s starting wingers next season. Martin is at the opposite end of his career, it’s fair to say, but he’s been a regular for the Black and Whites this season and he more than looks the part. In 15 appearances he has scored five tries and at the age of 19, he’s only getting better.  

Centres: Zak Hardaker and Ed Chamberlain 

Zak Hardaker

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Hardaker and Chamberlain will both be making the move over from Leigh Leopards at the end of the season and it seems likely they will be Hull FC ‘s first-choice centres, given Carlos Tuimavave is off contract at the end of the season and Liam Sutcliffe and Cam Scott are moving on. Hardaker is 32 now but comes with heaps of experience, while Chamberlain fared relatively well during his brief loan spell at the MKM Stadium earlier this season. 

Half-backs: Jake Trueman and Jordan Abdull 

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Next season is a big one for Trueman. The stand-off’s contract only runs until the end of 2025 and after another injury-hit season, he’ll be determined to find some traction and form over a full and uninterrupted campaign. The addition of Abdull will take some of the heat off him, with the England international set to have a point to prove after Hull KR’s surprise decision to move him on.  

Front row: Ligi Sao, Amir Bourouh, Herman Ese’ese 

Whether he’s playing in the back row or through the middle, Ligi Sao just continues to perform in a black and white shirt. The Samoan has been with Hull since 2020 and his size and strength has been critical for the club over the last four years. Ese’ese has been Hull FC’s best 2024 overseas recruit by some distance. In fact, he’s the only one still at the club with the club cutting ties with Jayden Okunbor, Franklin Pele and Fa’amanu Brown already. 

Amir Bourouh looks set to take the hooker reins, although there is still uncertainty about whether Danny Houghton will be in a position to go around one more time. 

Back row: Jordan Lane, Jed Cartwright; John Asiata 

Super League Disciplinary: John Asiata was sin binned early doors against St Helens. He's off to Hull FC

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Jordan Lane’s form has been up and down over the last couple of seasons but he’s shown his defensive might this season, making 528 tackles and featuring in all 16 of the club’s Super League games. Jed Cartwright looks set to take on a second row spot, too, with the head coach’s son making the move to East Yorkshire early. Cartwright is still waiting to make his debut for the club as he continues to struggle with a foot issue. 

Asiata is another one set to move over from Leigh, with Hull FC tying down the powerful Challenge Cup winner to a three-year deal. Cartwright will be looking to the 31-year-old, who has spent time at North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos, to play a key role next season.

Bench: Brad Fash, Jack Ashworth, Oliver Holmes, Cade Cust. 

Salford Red Devils Cade Cust

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According to Hull Live, the Black and Whites have secured the services of Cust for next season, providing strength in depth in the spine. Holmes will also be arriving from across the Pennines and alongside Fash and Ashworth, he could be set to play an important role off the bench.

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