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What Hull FC’s starting 13 could look like in 2025

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It’s fair to say this season hasn’t gone to plan for Hull FC, and it seems that major change is needed.

Things got off to a terrible start with a lacklustre defeat to bitter rivals Hull KR in round one.

They lost again in round two, but a late score from Morgan Smith secured their first victory of the season… before things quickly turned south again.

A run of five heavy losses on the spin, including two drubbings against Huddersfield, brought Tony Smith’s reign as head coach to an end.

Richie Myler was drafted in as Director of Rugby, but they have still not managed another win since his introduction.

This weekend was probably the darkest point of their season so far; as they were well beaten by bottom side London Broncos.

Whilst their form on the pitch leaves plenty to be desired, they are making waves off it in the transfer marker.

Leigh Leopards captain John Asiata has signed a three-year-deal with the Airlie Birds starting next season, but they have also drafted in Tom Briscoe, Ben Reynolds and Yusuf Aydin to bolster their squad.

They have also been linked with a fair few names, including the likes of Zak Hardaker, but how could they line up next season?

Here is a look at a possible Hull FC line-up next season, including possible signings.

What Hull FC’s starting 13 could look like in 2025


Zak Hardaker and Hull FC man Marc Sneyd in 2019.

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Fullback: Jack Walker 

Jack Walker has been thrust into the starting fullback role this year, and he will most likely be there again next season.

He has been a bright spark in a fairly dark year for the Airlie Birds, and has quickly become a standout in their side.

Wingers: Liam Tindall and Tom Briscoe

Winger could easily be an area Hull FC look to make a signing, but Briscoe and Tindall take the two spots for now.

Tindall has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, but his loan move to Bradford Bulls could be the spark he needs to reignite his career with Hull.

On the other edge, former Leigh Leopard Tom Briscoe has already made his second Hull FC debut having re-joined the club, but he will add plenty of quality and experience to the team next season too.

He’s one of Super League’s all-time leading try scorers, and his experience should help them get over the line at times.

In his previous stint at the club, he made 147 appearances, scoring 90 tries.

Centres: Zak Hardaker and Liam Sutcliffe 

Sutcliffe and Hardaker were fantastic in the centres for Leeds in 2022, and it seems they will likely be there again next year.

Hardaker has been heavily rumoured to be on his way to Hull FC next season, and he could be a brilliant signing.

Despite his off-field issues, he’s one of the most-wanted men in Super League right now, with his contract at Leigh up at the end of the year.

Sutcliffe has, like Walker, been decent in a poor team; and will likely keep his place next season.

He is, however, a man that can play in a number of positions, so we could see him elsewhere on the field.

Half-backs: Jake Trueman and Ben Reynolds 

This pair will likely end the 2024 season playing together, which should put them in a good spot going into next year too.

Reynolds joined the Airlie Birds from city rivals Hull KR on loan, but the club might look to make it a permanent deal next year.

He will be blooding in alongside Trueman in the coming weeks though, which should enable them to hit the ground running next year if they do decide to keep him.

Trueman’s extensive injury problems have been a nightmare, but he’s shown both at FC and at Castleford Tigers that he’s capable of magic.

Hull FC forwards for 2025?

Oli Holmes, who has been linked with Hull FC.

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Props: Herman Ese’ese and Yusef Aydin 

Herman Esse’esse has only shown glimpses of what he is capable of this year, but when he is at his best he can be one of the best players on the pitch.

Alongside him will likely be new recruit Yusef Aydin, who also recently joined from Hull KR.

Aydin is another solid ball carrier, and they could form a decent starting front-row.

Hooker: Amir Bourouh

This was a difficult one to predict until reports emerged yesterday from Hull Live that Salford’s number nine Amir Bourouh is set to head to the MKM next season. It means that the dependable Danny Houghton could finally be set to hang the boots up after a brilliant career.

The 23-year-old Bourouh has been a bright spark for Salford and has stepped up after Andy Ackers’ move to Leeds Rhinos so Hull FC may well have landed them a top talent if the reports are to be believed.

Second-row: Oliver Holmes and Ligi Sao 

Another Leigh Leopard linked with a switch to Hull FC is Oliver Holmes.

Holmes has found himself out of favour this season but is still an experienced back-rower who could add plenty to the FC squad next year.

His time with Castleford Tigers was fruitful, making 228 appearances and coming close to being both a Grand Final winner and Challenge Cup winner.

Alongside him could be Ligi Sao.

Sao has taken time to adapt to his new role in the back-row, but he will only be building experience for next season now too.

He is also a good option to have on the pitch to rotate the front-row too.

Loose forward: John Asiata  

Taking the number 13 shirt will be confirmed new recruit John Asiata.

The current Leigh Leopards captain is arguably one of the best loose forwards in Super League, and has been so influential in their rise to the top table of Super League.

He will also add plenty of experience to his new team, alongside all the regular qualities he has.

He may bring a fire to the side that is much-needed.

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  1. Anonymous

    May 18, 2024 at 1:36 pm

    Rugby league is a 17 player team sport.
    The starting 13 is not relevant. You need to rotate, especially the forwards within a game. So what are you suggesting for the bench?

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