Tony Smith has been without a club since parting ways with Hull KR earlier in the year.
With his experience it won’t be long before he his hired, but will that coincide with Hull FC parting company with Brett Hodgson this afternoon?
Whilst Hull KR have moved on swiftly with the appointment of Newcastle Knights assistant Willie Peters, the same can’t be said of Smith who is clearly taking his time before signing for a new club.
That being said, despite playing a key role with cross-city rivals Hull KR, a move to Hull FC would be a perfect fit for Smith and the club.
Smith revitalised Rovers after a number of inconsistent seasons whilst his spell at the Warrington Wolves finished with three Challenge Cup successes.
Before that, of course, the veteran Australian also won trophies with the Leeds Rhinos with a reputation for being one of the best coaches in Super League history justly deserved.
With Hull enduring two seasons of finishing outside the play-offs, chairman Adam Pearson has plugged the plug in a bid to inspire change at the MKM Stadium.
It is also an incredibly difficult time for any potential coach heading to East Yorkshire given the fact that Hodgson’s signings now run through the side – including four new boys of Tex Hoy, Jake Trueman, Brad Dwyer and Liam Sutcliffe.
At KR, Smith completely changed the culture and calibre of signings with veteran Australians combining exceptionally well with younger Championship players such as Elliot Minchella, Ethan Ryan and Matty Storton.
With FC’s academy now thriving with the likes of Harvey Barron, Davy Litten and Denive Balmforth all making an impact in 2022, it proves the perfect tonic for Smith to step into and progress further.
It would, naturally, be a controversial appointment given Smith’s extended time over the Humber river, but it is one that makes absolute sense.
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