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Super League star expected to return to NRL

There have been some standout signings this year in Super League.

However, perhaps the signing of the season has been Hull FC’s Jake Clifford.

The halfback joined from Newcastle Knights and took on the number seven shirt.

Under the radar for most of the year, there is an argument to be made that he has been Super League’s best number seven in 2023. It could be said that it is either him or Leigh Leopards’ Lachlan Lam.

Great for the Black and Whites, a former Hull FC player in the shape of Paul Cooke is fearful he could head home in 2024.

“Clifford was immense again, there’s a really interesting one with him because West Tigers have just let Luke Brooks go to Manly for next season,” he said on BBC Radio Humberside.

“If I’m at West Tigers with Tim Sheens, Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah are there as coaches then Jake Clifford could be very much on their radar.

“It would be really disappointing for Hull FC to lose him, but you can hardly blame him if he goes home.

“With the form he’s in, I think he’s arguably the most consistent signing from overseas in the 2023 Super League.

“I think he’s been immense for Hull. When he plays well, then they play much better.”

Clifford has proven to be the perfect replacement for Luke Gale and he and his former Newcastle Knights teammate Tex Hoy have made a terrific partnership bolstered further by former Castleford Tigers star Jake Trueman whose return has coincided with an up turn in form at the MKM Stadium.

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