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Hull FC swoop to sign overseas pair

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Hull FC have suffered from a difficult 2024 season. The club is currently joint bottom of the Super League table, with just one win from their opening 13 games. Tony Smith was replaced as head coach in April, with Simon Grix taking interim charge for the remainder of the 2024 season.

Since Richie Myler joined the club as Director of Rugby, he has been busy overseeing a drastic rebuild in an attempt to turn the club’s fortunes around. John Cartwright will join the club as Head Coach for 2025 and John Asiata and Jordan Abdull have been confirmed as his first two signings for next season.

Club legend, Tom Briscoe, returned to the club from Leigh Leopards and Yusuf Aydin joined from Hull KR, however, FC’s fortunes have not turned around. Now, the club have announced that two overseas signings will join the club with immediate effect in an attempt to turn results around.

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Hull FC announce double signing

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Hull FC have confirmed a double signing, with Jed Cartwright and Treigh Steward joining the club with immediate effect. An official club statement reads:

“Hull FC are delighted to announce the signings of overseas duo Jed Cartwright and Treigh Stewart.

“The pair will link up with the club with immediate effect, pending successful visa applications, and are expected to land in the UK in the coming weeks having secured releases by their respective clubs in Australia.

“Cartwright and Stewart have both signed 18-month contracts with the Black & Whites, keeping them at the MKM Stadium until at least the end of the 2025 season.”

Cartwright, son of incoming coach John, is excited by the opportunity to move to Super League. In the club statement, he said:

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to move over to England and join Hull FC.

“I’m feeling fit and firing after playing a handful of games for the Knights in the NRL in the first half of the year. The body’s feeling good, so I’m ready to rip in when I arrive in England.

“A tough, physical game is what I’m expecting in Super League judging by the feedback I have received from some of the boys who’ve played over there at the Knights.

“I feel like those are the sort of games that I really enjoy, so I’m really excited for the experience.

“The atmosphere over in England looks special – I can’t wait to be a part of it all.”

Stewart excited to make first-grade debut

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Fellow signing, Stewart hails from Papua New Guinea and plays full-back. He is yet to feature in the NRL, having played in the Queensland and New South Wales Cup competitions. Speaking in the announcement, Stewart said: “It’s a big step for myself to come over to play in Super League but it’s something I’m excited for.

“To be able to make my first-grade debut at some stage is going to be pretty big for me. I’ve played a couple of trial matches and in both Queensland and New South Wales Cup competitions, so to be able to come over to Super League and make my first-grade debut is going to be a special achievement for me.

“The physicality in the Q Cup is totally different to the NSW Cup and I think that will prepare me well for playing in Super League, where there is a similar level of physicality.

“I played against St Helens for the Dragons in a trial match last year and that showed me a lot about what the physicality of Super League teams is like, but it’s a challenge I feel ready for, having played a fair amount of games for Brisbane Tigers this year.”

Richie Myler delighted to add pair to squad

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Richie Myler explained that Stewart and Cartwright were players that Hull FC had been monitoring for some time. He is excited by what they will add to the Hull FC squad. Myler added:

“We’ve been keeping a close eye on both Jed and Treigh for some time, and we’re pleased to be bringing them both over in the coming weeks to bolster our squad for the rest of this season.

“Jed brings some real size and power to our back-row options, an area of the squad we’ve been keen to bolster mid-season.

“He’s been a part of some great environments in the NRL, and he’s joining us at a great age where he’s heading into the prime years of his career.

“Treigh is a really exciting prospect, and our competition for places for the full-back position is a mouth-watering thought with some great young talent at our disposal.

“Similarly to Jed, he’s been around a great setup in the form of Melbourne Storm earlier this year – he’ll give us pace and some much-needed additional attacking threat.”

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