The potential wildcard to take over at Hull FC following Brett Hodgson’s departure

Hull FC are looking for a new head coach – that much is true.

A deal has yet to be announced despite the overwhelming majority of people believing that former Hull KR head coach Tony Smith is set for the appointment.

However, if Smith isn’t the man for the job then who is?

Could that man be former Featherstone Rovers boss Ryan Carr?

Carr, 33, was head coach of Featherstone Rovers back in 2019, with the Australian once branded as the ‘hot favourite’ to take over the reins at Leeds Rhinos following the exit of Richard Agar.

Carr was no stranger to the Rhinos’ set-up having worked on the coaching staff, working with Agar, but Carr failed to earn promotion with Rovers.

Instead, the 33-year-old guided Featherstone to the Million Pound Game where the West Yorkshire side eventually fell to the Toronto Wolfpack, missing out on a Super League spot.

Carr has previously been coach of Parramatta Eels’ New South Wales Cup team, but has now been promoted to assistant coach to Brad Arthur following David Kidwell’s exit.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Australian would be given a top coaching job in the near future given his ever-burgeoning reputation, potentially following in the footsteps of new Canterbury Bulldogs boss Cameron Ciraldo who plied his trade as an assistant to Ivan Cleary at the Penrith Panthers.

Working alongside Arthur at Parramatta is an incredible apprenticeship with the Eels one of the favourites to cause some trouble in the finals series that will begin this weekend.

Carr, meanwhile, has made no secret of his desire to make it to the top and though Brett Hodgson had no first-team head coaching experience, 33-year-old Carr made a name for himself at Featherstone.

It would certainly be a wildcard choice from Adam Pearson and co. but Carr has all the skills and temerity to get the best out of a flailing squad.