Hull FC yesterday confirmed the departure of six first teamers.
The headline name amongst the group was former Man of Steel Luke Gale who joined Hull FC this year after a two-year stint at home town club where he captained them to a Challenge Cup Final win before things turned sour.
Gale signed a one-year deal at Hull FC and there was talk of him joining the coaching staff for next season but now it seems he wants to go round again but it won’t be at Hull FC with his former Castleford teammate Jake Trueman and Tex Hoy coming to the MKM Stadium to replace him.
In terms of departures, his halfback partner recently Will Smith is unsurprisingly also on his way out as he returns home. Manu Ma’u is another high profile player on his way out as he joins Catalans Dragons in 2023 whilst Aidan Burrell is also headed to pastures new in 2023.
The same can be said of Jordan Johnstone who has had a terrific stint at Hull FC over the last three years after impressing at Widnes. He’s spent three years at the MKM Stadium, he’s been an able deputy to Danny Houghton in the hooker role but will be replaced in that department by Leeds man Brad Dwyer.
After the announcement yesterday he was one of two players to bid farewell on social media noting how grateful he was for the opportunity and his excitement at bowing out following a Hull derby: “Grateful for the opportunity to represent this club, been a lot of ups and downs along the way especially the past 2 seasons. But what better way to go out then a Hull derby at home, see you all tomorrow.”
He also hinted that his future is still up in the air with the hashtag ‘#wheretonext?’
Grateful for the opportunity to represent this club, been a lot of ups and downs along the way especially the past 2 seasons. But what better way to go out then a Hull derby at home, see you all tomorrow. #wheretonext? https://t.co/kaGrL2wRzK
— Jordan Johnstone (@johnstone46) September 2, 2022
From a player whose Super League career has of course been shaped by the opportunity given to him by Hull FC to a home town boy in 20-year-old versatile back Marcus Walker who also took to social media to say goodbye to his boyhood team who has been responsible for his development up until this point in an emotional farewell: “Great few years at my childhood club. Sad it’s coming to an end and going to miss the lads, onto the next chapter we go.”
— Marcus Walker (@marcuswalkerr) September 2, 2022