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“Why?” – Hull FC fans baffled by Zak Hardaker signing

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Hull FC have announced the signing of Zak Hardaker for 2025 with the 32-year-old signing a two-year deal to join the Black and Whites.

It’s a deal that had previously been reported and will see Hardaker replace the exiting Cam Scott who is heading to Wakefield Trinity, however, fans have queried why the club are recruiting another player set to turn 33 in the off-season.

That was the big question when Hull FC made the move for Leigh Leopards captain John Asiata, whom the club signed to a three-year deal, and it’s a question that’s emerged again following the announcement of Zak Hardaker for 2025.

FC announced his signing as a “significant piece of recruitment for the club” with Director of Rugby and former teammate of Zak Hardaker, Richie Myler, claimed that the centre was a signing who can help develop the club’s younger players.

That’s something that fans have also questioned with the prior misdemeanours of Zak Hardaker being highlighted as fans on social media reacted to the signing.

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“Basket case of a club” – Zak Hardaker announcement sparks ridicule

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After starring for Leigh Leopards last season, it’s fair to say that Zak Hardaker is having a far quieter season in 2024, although that could be said for plenty of Leopards’ players.

Reacting to Sky Sports’ reporting of the signing, one fan labelled Hull FC as a “basket case of a club”, before claiming that Hardaker had been “awful for Leigh this season”.

Sentiments and feelings towards the announcement were generally a lot more negative than a club would like to see with one Hull FC fan simply responding “why?”.

Others elaborated on why they deemed it a poor signing with one fan arguing that the move flew in the face of the purported “culture change” that is underway at the club.

They posted: “Good luck with the culture change signing a washed up player who goes hand in hand with trouble everywhere he’s been.”

Another compared his signing to the ill-fated move for Sean Long late in his career, both men being Man of Steel winners whilst in their prime, but that prime being firmly in the rear-view mirror.

That fan stated: “Hardaker signing bit like the Long signing to me..OK won virtually everything in the British game…but trouble not far away, keeps his head down n out of trouble whilst with us, fine. But not overly excited.”

Keeping out of trouble was the argument that many fans used with Hardaker’s prior misdemeanours noted as the reason that one fan claimed they would be ending their season ticket after “17 years in the same seat”.

Another also added that they would be cancelling their season ticket as Hull FC failed to garner the huge outburst of excitement that they potentially thought the signing would receive.

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  1. Eric T Cat

    July 9, 2024 at 10:03 am

    Is there a Rovers fan in charge of Hull FC recruitment? What next Peter Sterling and Wally Lewis, with Ellery Hanley and Martin Offiah to add some steel and skill to the side. It will be signing players from Union next, somebody who can’t tackle, can’t pass the ball, can’t run 5m without stopping for breath, and claiming he’ll be an enforcer. I’m very much in favour of FC not being as good as Rovers, but I want it to be close, separated on goal difference after a golden point finale. Not this, deep breath, Hull FC. Fans deserve better than this!

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