Hull FC part company with Brett Hodgson

Hull FC have parted company with Brett Hodgson.

The decision comes after Hull FC were soundly beaten by their rivals Hull KR in the final round of the season despite the fact Hull KR were only able to name 16 players for the game owing to injuries and suspensions.

Though that is not to say Hull FC didn’t have their own selection problems with the likes of Joe Lovodua and Manu Ma’u ruled out.

The decision has been rumoured since last night despite the fact Hull have already done plenty of recruitment for next season no doubt shaped by the former Warrington and Huddersfield man.

Tex Hoy and Jake Trueman will form a great halfback partnership whilst Leeds duo Liam Sutcliffe and Brad Dwyer will had real quality to the side but they will not be steered by Hodgson moving forward.

The club has stated that the decision to part company was done so by mutual consent and now they will go in search of a new coach, but it is set to be a major rebuild at the East Yorkshire club.

Hull FC Chairman, Adam Pearson, said:

“On behalf of the board, staff and supporters of Hull FC, I would like to thank Brett for the commitment and dignity he has demonstrated during his two years with the club.

“Brett joined us during a period of transition and the disruption caused by Covid-19, as well as facing further challenges presented by injuries and suspensions.

“The process of appointing a new head coach is underway, with a focused shortlist to identify the right person to get the best out of our senior squad, but also someone who will continue to embrace our long-term strategy from grassroots to first-team.

“We are encouraged by the progress of our academy and Centre of Excellence programme, plus the investment in a new multi-million pound training centre – but we recognise that delivering a competitive team on a consistent basis at first-team level is crucial to underpinning everything at the club.

“We are confident of making a prompt appointment following the recruitment process and remain focused on improving performance at first-team level to meet the expectation of our supporters and stakeholders.

“I would like to thank all of our members, supporters and corporate partners for their continued unwavering support.”

Hull FC can also confirm that assistant coach Kieron Purtill and long-serving Head of Performance Paul Hatton will also leave the club.

Hull posted: “The club would like to thank both members of the coaching staff for their service to Hull FC, in particular Paul who has been with the club for a second time since 2015 and played a key role in the Black & Whites Challenge Cup success in 2016 & 2017.

“New appointments to the coaching staff will be made soon following the appointment of a head coach.

“The club will make no further comment until that time.”