Hull FC could be set for a major signing in 2023 as head coach Brett Hodgson tinkers with his Super League squad ahead of next season.
It has been a difficult year for the Black and Whites as they have failed to reach the Super League play-offs following a dismal end to the season with playmaker Josh Reynolds leaving the club months ago.
In that time, Hodgson has brought in the likes of Will Smith and Jack Walker though the latter has struggled with injury and has been ruled out for the season.
Meanwhile, former Gold Coast Titans star Smith will be leaving the MKM Stadium at the end of the year which leaves a quota spot up for grabs at the club.
“Will Smith won’t continue here next year,” Hodgson told BBC Humberside.
“Will is going back to Australia after the season ends and it was always our understanding – as it was Will’s – that he would come here and contribute the best he could for this period of the season.
“He’s got a family back in Australia and that’s important to him, so he’ll be leaving with our thanks and our blessing pretty much in the middle of next week.”
That being said, it will be interesting to see how Hodgson goes about replacing Smith who has been one of Hull’s better players in the second half of the season.
Hodgson has already looked abroad for Newcastle Knights playmaker Tex Hoy whilst signings close to home such as Castleford Tigers star Jake Trueman and Leeds Rhinos duo Liam Sutcliffe and Brad Dwyer have signed on the dotted line for 2023.
With Joe Lovodua extending his stay at the MKM Stadium by another year and the likes of Chris Satae, Ligi Sao, Carlos Tuimavave and Kane Evans already at the club, Hodgson does not have much room to tinker, but the last overseas spot will be a crucial one.