Super League side confirm end of season departure of two key players

Recruitment and retention is the key aspect for Super League sides at the moment as they build for 2024 and try to keep a hold of their best players, many of who are going off contract, with notable examples being Wigan Warriors getting business such as Tyler Dupree done early, whilst other clubs such as Leeds Rhinos have an impending half-back crisis with both their starters leaving at the end of the season.

Another side who were expected to have plenty of problems with their squad for 2024 were Hull FC with reports earlier in the year suggesting that up to 20 players were heading off contract, a potentially massive turnover.

That hasn’t been helped by contracted players such as star half back Jake Clifford also opting to leave the Humberside club with the Aussie playmaker set for an NRL return after less than a year at the club.

Among those who are off contract include some senior players such as Scott Taylor and Danny Houghton, Taylor having told BBC Humberside recently that he’s happy to take a back seat and allow the club to sort out the contracts of the younger players first.

It’s now been confirmed today that two of those players younger than Taylor are set to leave the side at the end of the season with both Adam Swift and Andre Savelio set to depart the KCOM Stadium.

The club announced the news via their Twitter.

It was accompanied with a statement on the club’s site, which read as follows:

“Hull FC can confirm that Adam Swift and Andre Savelio will both depart the club at the end of the 2023 Betfred Super League season.

“Swift, 30, joined the club from Saints ahead of the 2020 campaign, going on to make 59 appearances so far across the last four seasons.

“The winger will leave at the end of the season due to family reasons, returning to live in St Helens following the birth of his second child.

“Meanwhile, 28-year-old Savelio will also depart at the end of the current campaign, having also featured 59 times since arriving at the club from Brisbane Broncos in 2019.

“Everyone at the club would like to thank both Adam and Andre for their efforts in Black & White and we look forward to seeing them represent Hull FC for the remainder of the season.”

The club recruited Herman Ese’ese on Monday and have now been linked with Shawn Blore according to Fox Sports down under, both players that will help their pack and potentially cover the loss of Savelio, but certainly not Swift.