The future of Chris Satae has been an interesting talking point in recent weeks.
The prop is in the final year of his contract and since May 1st had the right to talk to rival Super League clubs which is something he has exercised.
Hull want to keep him but the prop has taken his chance to talk to other clubs.
The Black and Whites have been able to secure the likes of Ligi Sao and Brad Fash for next year and beyond and some hoped that Sao’s signing, a friend of Satae, would convince Satae to follow suit.
However, reports in France are now claiming he will be leaving the Black and Whites to join Catalans Dragons in 2024.
Both L’Independent and Treize Mondial have reported that he will be a Catalans player in 2024 as the club finally replace prop Dylan Napa who was released at the start of the season.
This will be a blow to Tony Smith who has been open about wanting to tie Satae down.
“Yeah we would love for Chris to be here. Hopefully he will come up with that decision,” Smith said recently.
“It is each individual player’s right to look around and assess things and make the right call and I encourage them to.
“I only want people who really want to be here and Chris does this year but whether he wants to be here next year is his call and his family’s call.
“It is not straight forward and it is not easy.”
He explained that players and coaches have to look forward to the future in making these calls:
“Players have to make forecasts and so do I. We have to try and look in the future to make sure we are on the main track.
“I want players to make sure that when they decide to stay here it is for the right reasons.
“I’d love for him to be here, he is in great shape and he has worked hard. It attracts attention from other clubs.”