Hull FC have made a number of impressive signings ahead of the 2024 Super League season as Tony Smith’s plans for the club become clear.
Many believed that their business was complete when they signed former Featherstone Rovers hooker Fa’amanu Brown. But it is understood that the club are still interested in making one more signing.
They are keen on adding outside back cover perhaps because of the exit of Connor Wynne. Thus, they are in the market for a British outside back.
So with that in mind, we have shortlisted three options for the Black and Whites:
The former Salford Red Devils and Castleford Tigers winger joined Leeds Rhinos at the end of the 2022. He made his name in Super League at Salford with tries galore in 2018 and was unlucky to miss out on the Grand Final in 2019 before he made the switch to Castleford where he continued to impress with plenty of tries. He went on to end the 2022 season with the third most metres and the most tackle busts and was picked up by Rohan Smith but has struggled to find his form at Headingley and has already been linked with a move away to Bradford Bulls or Leigh Leopards with the Rhinos linked with Lee Kershaw. This could open the door for Olpherts to make the move away.
Speaking of Kershaw, he could also be a target considered by the Black and Whites if Leeds can’t get the transfer over the line which could be dependent on the future of Olpherts. Kershaw would be a very handy signing. He came onto the scene in 2019 and has impressed frequently since with his elusive running style culminating in a number of amazing tries. With Jermaine McGillvary and Lachlan Walmsley signed by Wakefield Trinity, it really opens the door for a move away.
In terms of versatility, Ryan Hampshire would make the most sense. He can play in the halves, at fullback and is at whom on the wing. He impressed at Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers in recent years before returning to Wigan Warriors. He does have options in his contract to stay at the club in 2024 and 2025 but they have yet to be exercised. So likely available, he would be an excellent signing for Tony Smith.