Exclusive: Why Hull FC star is glad he stayed after expected move to Wakefield Trinity fell through

Jamie Shaul to Wakefield Trinity seemed like a done deal.

The Hull FC fullback burst onto the scene in 2013 and his pace ensured he immediately caught the eye for the Black and Whites.

By 2016 he was one of the best fullbacks in Super League and knocking on the door for international selection.

He was a key role in Hull FC’s back-to-back Challenge Cup Final wins as they ended their Wembley hoodoo under Lee Radford against Warrington Wolves and the Wigan Warriors.

However, in recent years injuries have stifled his brilliant career.

He lost the number one shirt to Jake Connor in 2021 and 2022 and eventually left the MKM Stadium to join Wakefield Trinity on loan where he was a real success helping the club avoid relegation with some memorable wins such as over the Wigan Warriors at Belle Vue,

It seemed certain he would make a permanent switch in 2023 despite having one year left on his current deal at Hull FC.

However, the transfer fell through according to new boss Tony Smith and Shaul corroborated this revealing to Serious About Rugby League that new Wakefield boss Mark Applegarth wanted to recruit forwards which meant that a move for Shaul was not a priority.

That said, Shaul has now told Serious About Rugby League that he is now glad he stayed at Hull FC after having a chance to work with Tony Smith.

He has been impressed with the sessions from the former Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Hull KR boss.

Now this is not to say he was happy the move to Wakefield Trinity never came off, but in the end Shaul can’t fault the cards fate has dealt.

Shaul is now set to enjoy a testimonial with Hull FC in 2023.

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