It’s coming to that time again when clubs nail down the futures of those they want to keep, but for some, it will be time to leave.
Next up are Hull FC.
Jack Brown was said to be negotiating a new deal with Hull in May of this year, but so far no further news has been given on that. But, the 20-year-old prop will surely be an FC player in 2022 after impressing towards the back end of last season under Andy Last and again under Brett Hodgson.
Again, like Jack Brown above, Joe Cator was said to be in negotiations with Hull a few months ago about a new contract. Though nothing further has come from that, the forward has been so impressive for the black-and-whites that he would not be short of suitors if a new deal wasn’t forthcoming.
Love him or hate him, Jake Connor is a maverick and one whom Brett Hodgson has always spoken so highly of. The new Hull boss loves the way Connor plays and has entrusted him with the number one shirt. It’s almost certain Connor will stay at the KCOM for a good few years yet.
Rumoured to have signed with Castleford to follow old boss Lee Radford, Bureta Faraimo looks to be on his way out of Hull, having fallen behind Mahe Fonua and Adam Swift in the pecking order on the wings.
Having played all of his career at Hull so far, there’s nothing to suggest that Brad Fash will be leaving anytime soon. Still only 25, he’s played almost 100 games for the black-and-whites and could well be a one-club man given the opportunity.
Another that’s played all of his career at Hull, Masi Matongo is currently sidelined with a serious injury, so might find it difficult to earn another contract in the time he has left. However, still only 25 and with props maturing late in their careers, the Zimbabwean-born forward could be handed a lifeline.
Now 32, Manu Ma’u is out of contract after what will be two successful seasons at Hull. The rampaging forward has become a fans’ favourite for his no-nonsense approach and barnstorming runs, but Ma’u may return to Australia yet.
Another that’s impressed greatly since joining ahead of the 2020 season, Ligi Sao has plenty of years ahead of him aged just 28. Brett Hodgson has always been a big fan of the forward which could see Sao extend his stay at the club.
Signing just a one-year deal after rupturing his ACL last season, Jamie Shaul will have to go to some great lengths to earn a new contract at Hull this year. With Jake Connor taking Shaul’s number one shirt, head coach Brett Hodgson perhaps doesn’t see a future for the 28-year-old.
Not technically out of contract as the club hold an option for a further year, Mitieli Vulikijapani has yet to make his debut for Hull in a Super League game so it’s difficult to see how the winger could earn a new deal. The Fijian has, however, been recalled from his loan at Bradford so head coach Brett Hodgson could soon put him in the fold.
After being loaned to York for a month, 20-year-old Connor Wynne returns to Hull with more experience under his belt. It remains to be seen whether he can force Jake Connor out of the reckoning at fullback, so Wynne may have to stick to a wing place to impress.