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Hull FC announce extended deal for key figure in recent revival

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Hull FC have suffered a challenging 2024 Super League season, which has seen the club secure just two wins from their opening 15 games. However, in recent weeks, there have been signs that the club is beginning to show green shoots of recovery.

The club beat the Leeds Rhinos at home two weeks ago in their second win of the season. The victory was inspired by strong performances from several of their homegrown players, who have broken into the side this season.

Although FC suffered a narrow defeat against Warrington at the weekend, they pushed the Wire to the death and only lost through a heart-breaking last-minute try from Matt Dufty.

New head coach, John Cartwright, will take over the club in 2025, and he has reportedly been instrumental in the decision to tie down a homegrown player who has been instrumental in their recent upturn in performance.

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Hull FC tie down key figure to extended deal.

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Denive Balmforth has broken into the Hull FC side in recent weeks and has been instrumental in their recent upturn in form. Balmforth has scored a try in FC’s last two games, one which saw him burrow over from close range, and the other from an interception on halfway.

Now FC have announced that Balmforth, has signed an extended contract for 2025. A club statement confirming the deal stated:

“Hull FC are pleased to confirm that young hooker Denive Balmforth has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.

“The deal will see the 20-year old remain at the MKM Stadium into the 2025 Betfred Super League season.

“The livewire hooker is the latest young talent to commit their future to the club, with Jack Charles, Davy Litten, Lewis Martin and Logan Moy all signing new deals in the last month, while Harvey Barron, Zach Jebson and Matty Laidlaw have also seen the club take up options in their contract to remain with the Black & Whites next season – all eight players are products burgeoning Centre of Excellence youth programme.”

Balmforth spent the 2023 season on loan at Newcastle Thunder, where he scored six tries in 26 appearances for the club, where he also featured in the halves and in the back-row.

Balmforth delighted to extend contract

Hull FC Denive Balmforth

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Speaking upon the announcement of the deal, Balmforth stated his excitement at extending his stay at the MKM Stadium. Although born in Leeds, Balmforth has come through the academy at Hull and he is determined to help turn their fortunes around. Balmforth said:

“It’s a really exciting time to be involved with the club, with plenty of new faces coming in and some really exciting young players committing their future here – so when contract talks started, it was a no brainer for me to sign.

“I know there’s still plenty of hard work ahead for me, but I’m excited for the journey and can’t wait to make some special memories with this great club.”

Hull FC’s Director of Rugby, Richie Myler, believes the new deal is a well deserved reward for Balmforth’s hard work on the training pitch. Myler stated:

“Denive has earned this contract through his own hard work and determination on both the training pitch, and when he’s gotten his playing opportunities with the first-team this season.

“As has been clear to see, he has taken his opportunities with both hands and we’re delighted to keep him within our camp next season and he continues to develop as an exciting young hooker.

“The fact he has backed himself by just wanting to sign a one-year deal, in order to earn an even bigger contract with the club further down the line, is exactly the sort of attitude we look to instill in our young players.”

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