With the shock announcement that Jake Connor has returned to the Huddersfield Giants after he was granted immediate release by Hull FC, The Airlie Birds are now in need of a full back.
FC have a big task on their hands as they look to replace the creativity which Connor provided as he assisted 33 tries in 2022, the most in Super League.
With the off season well under way, we take a look at the best options available for Hull FC as they try to replace their star man.
The 2015 Man of Steel looks to be leaving Leeds Rhinos after his mid-season move back to the club. Hardaker had played at centre for the majority of his past few seasons but is more than capable at fullback where he had enjoyed his most success as a player. With Leeds seemingly unable to bring the 30 year old back due to salary cap restrains, the door is open for Hardaker to go to Hull FC and fill in his favoured position of 1.
Having spent a brief time with the club in 2022, Jack Walker could provide a real spark for the Airlie Birds if he can stay injury free. Walker made six appearances for FC this season and scored two tries before his loan was cut short by injury, a story of his career of the past few seasons. Still only 23 and with bags of potential, Walker could be the perfect person for Hull FC after his short experience at the club. If he can keep himself fit then the signing of Walker could be a shrewd piece of business.
Tex Hoy/Corey Norman
FC have already announced the signing of Tex Hoy for 2023 bringing in the overseas recruit from Newcastle Knights in the NRL. It was predicted that Hoy would be playing a role in the halves for Hull but with the loss of Connor, he could find himself playing at fullback. Hoy has played in the 1 position on numerous occasions for the Knights and will bring plenty of experience to the position. With Hoy potentially playing at full back, this leaves a need in the halves for FC and a player who could fill that role is Corey Norman. Being relegated with Toulouse in 2022, Norman could be looking at a way back into Super League with Hull FC now looking like a likely destination. He will bring bags of NRL experience and would help Jake Trueman settle into his new club.