Brad Fash has been one of the few bright sparks in Hull FC’s recent struggles but he has now made a decision on his future.
Out of contract at the end of the year he was going to be in high demand as an impressive British forward who works hard and has a real explosive running game.
Capable of playing prop or at 13, his performances last year saw him promoted to the number 13 shirt.
He looks set to keep the jersey moving forward having been handed a huge contract extension until 2026 this morning by the club.
With Hull having 20 players out of contract at the end of the year, it is inevitable some will leave as Tony Smith begins his rebuild of the club.
However, it is no surprise that Fash is one player Smith wants to keep.
Speaking to hullfc.com, Fash said: “I’m really happy to have secured my future here at my hometown club for the next three years.
“We’re in a bit of a new phase at the club under Tony [Smith]. There’s a lot of change happening at the moment and I’m excited to be a part of his plans over the next couple of years.
“I think he’s great to work with. He likes men who work hard and I would like to think I put myself in that category.
“I’m focused on continuing to work hard for the team now. There’s plenty of opportunity to improve in this new phase that we find ourselves in. Like I say, that’s something exciting to be a part of.”
Head coach Tony Smith, added: “It’s great that we’ve been able to retain Brad because he has a great attitude to working hard and developing his game.
“He sets high standards for himself and his desire to improve as a player is the sort of thing you’re looking for when you’re a coach hoping to re-sign somebody.
“Brad will help offer a versatile option to our pack, with the ability to play in the front-row, at loose forward, or on an edge.
“And the fact that he is a local boy is a big help, too. You always want homegrown talents in your squad because you know they will always work hard to represent the club – that is exactly what Brad does. So we’re all really pleased to get this one over the line.”