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Three potential destinations for Liam Sutcliffe

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Liam Sutcliffe looks set to be on the move. Sutcliffe has been one of the few consistent performers in a struggling Hull FC side over the last two seasons, since joining from the Leeds Rhinos. His contract is set to expire at the end of this season and he looks unlikely to extend his stay on Humberside. 

Whilst only 29 years of age, Sutcliffe feels to have been around forever. He first broke into the Leeds Rhinos side in 2013, but his breakthrough season came in 2015 when he famously kept the retiring Kevin Sinfield out of the side in his final season. However, an ACL injury meant he missed that year’s treble-winning run-in.

He played over 200 games for the Rhinos in a 10-year spell, before moving to Hull for the 2023 season, after featuring in Leeds’ defeat in the 2022 Grand Final. He has made 29 appearances since joining the Black and Whites. This season he has played 10 times, scoring three times.

With his time at FC looking like it is coming to an end, we look at three potential destinations for Sutcliffe in 2025.

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Huddersfield Giants

Liam Sutcliffe

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Huddersfield Giants are in the market for one, if not two centres next season. The club received a major blow to their 2025 planning when the news broke that one of this season’s star performers, Esan Marsters will join the Salford Red Devils for 2025.

Marsters has been in red-hot form this season, with four tries and six try assists in the 12 games he has played. Although Huddersfield’s form has wobbled, Marsters has remained a consistent performer.

On the other flank, Huddersfield currently rely on the evergreen veteran, Kevin Naiqama. However, Naiqama’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and he has yet to decide whether he will play on for another year, or if this will be his last.

This leaves the door open for Liam Sutcliffe to make a return to West Yorkshire. Sutcliffe is a consistent performer with bags of experience. A move to Huddersfield would be the perfect fit for both parties,

Leigh Leopards

Leigh Leopards

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Leigh Leopards face a summer of transition with several high-profile departures confirmed, and several more are rumoured to be on the way. At this rate, Richie Myler may be looking at booking a minibus to bring Hull’s new recruits across the Pennines from Leigh. John Asiata is already confirmed, and Oliver Holmes, Zak Hardaker and Ed Chamberlain are all rumoured to be joining him.

Crucially, Chamberlain and Hardaker are both centres, which leaves a hole in Leigh’s back line. With Ricky Leutele also rumoured to be heading to the exit at Leigh, they will have to recruit in that position ahead of 2025.

Leigh may decide to make a play to bring Sutcliffe to the club. With the club scouring the world for talent to replace their outgoing stars, Sutcliffe would be a practical choice. He would not command a marquee salary and would not take up a quota spot in the squad.

It would also give Leigh an opportunity to bring one of Hull’s players back in the other direction.

Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield Trinity

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Wakefield Trinity have ambitious plans for their imminent return to Super League. They have already completed the signings of Mike McMeeken and Tom Johnstone, with the two England internationals joining for the 2025 season.

Wakefield’s owner, Matt Ellis, has spoken about his ambitions to transform the club into a top six side. In order to do that, he needs to bring in players who can help build a winning culture at the club.

With his experience at the Leeds Rhinos, Sutcliffe can do just that. Sutcliffe has been part of sides which have won Grand Finals and Challenge Cups, so he knows what is required to compete at the top end of Super League. Wakefield will be experiencing a big influx of players in the close season, and Sutcliffe can help set the foundations of a winning side.

If Wakefield are looking to become Super League regulars, signings like Liam Sutcliffe will help them achieve their aim.

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