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Hull FC star signing departs to ‘pursue playing opportunities elsewhere’

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Hull FC have announced that Franklin Pele has departed with immediate effect.

Today, the club confirmed in a short statement:

“Hull FC can confirm that Franklin Pele has been released from the remainder of his contract, and will depart the club with immediate effect.

“The club have released the forward to pursue playing opportunities elsewhere.

“The club would like to thank Franklin for his efforts, and wish him the very best of luck with his future endeavors in Rugby League and beyond.”

He joins fellow 2024 NRL recruit Nu Brown through the Hull FC exit door, in another embarrassing moment for the club, and another damning indictment of their off-season recruitment.

Pele had previously played for NRL sides Cronulla Sharks and Canterbury Bulldogs and joined ahead of this season on a two-year deal alongside teammate Jayden Okunbor.

His debut, against city rivals Hull KR, was a nightmare one, as he was sent off in the first half for a high tackle, and subsequently served a three-game ban before again being banned for a high tackle on his return.

Last month, he was sent to York Knights on a loan move, dropping to the RFL Championship, in a similar move to Okunbor’s to Bradford Bulls.

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He’s the third quota player to leave the club this season – with four spots available to clubs.

The Black and Whites can now look to fill their remaining two spots, with one recently being taken up by Jed Cartwright, son of their head coach for next year.

Another high-profile loss this year was that of full-back Tex Hoy, who signed in 2023 from NRL side Newcastle Knights, and was also released from his contract this year.

He’s since starred for Castleford Tigers, scoring a remarkable ‘chip and chase’ try against Hull FC which has since been shortlisted for Super League Try of the Month.

Richie Myler has been appointed as Director of Rugby to attempt to change their recruitment fortunes around, and they’ve already made signings such as Tom Briscoe, and Leigh captain John Asiata for next year.

They next play Warrington Wolves in Super League at the MKM Stadium, on Saturday 22nd June at 3pm.

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