Hull FC have been active in the transfer market recently as Brett Hodgson attempts to galvanise his squad ahead of a potential play-off push in 2022.
But, beyond that, the Black and Whites have also been dealing with future deals, including the transfer of Jake Trueman as well as the potential recruit Tex Hoy from Newcastle Knights.
At the Magic Weekend, Hull were treated to five debutants, including three new signings in the shape of Jack Walker, Ellis Longstaff and Josh Simm who all performed admirably under Hodgson in a 34-28 win over Hull KR.
Kieron Purtill, who stepped in for Brett Hodgson in this week’s press conference, revealed the club’s desire to make all three deals permanent at the end of the year.
“It was just great to see those guys celebrating with each other with all the small victories and all of the tries,” Purtill told the Yorkshire Post.
“But your recruitment is always ongoing – when you’re playing against teams, and whether it’s Academy or Reserves, you’re always looking at the standard of players and you’re always making lists.
“They have brought a load of energy to us and a load of enthusiasm but I suppose all three of them are in the shop window.
“Hopefully they all do a fantastic job for us and something gets sorted with us, but if not they’ll pick something up somewhere else.”
One of those, Simm, is a player that has been on Hull’s radar for a while now and with no deal at Saints looming, could certainly make the move.
“It will depend on how he goes over the next few weeks,” Purtill said when asked about Simm.
“I thought his performance at the weekend was excellent – his back field carries were good and he was strong in contact.
“He is someone we’ve been looking at and when he played against us (for St Helens) earlier in the year I thought he played really well – he’s a great kid, too.
“Those opportunities have been provided and it’s up to those guys to take them, but Josh has always been someone who has been on the radar.”