Chris Satae facing uncertain Catalans Dragons future as Hull FC consider options

Hull FC are keeping tabs on the possibility of signing former player Chris Satae, with the prop understood to be open to what would be a shock return to the club. The 31-year-old left the Black and Whites at the end of last season, signing for Catalans Dragons on a two-year deal.

However, Hull Live understands that Satae and his family have struggled to settle in the South of France and would prefer a move back to the UK, with Hull, who offered a contract to the player for this season and beyond, naturally interested in his services.

The player, who has many connections in Hull, is well-known to have enjoyed his time in East Yorkshire and is understood to be considering his options. He has made his representatives aware of his situation, and a conversation has been held with Hull FC, who currently have two quota spots available for this year and also one for next.

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It's expected that the Black and Whites wouldn't be the only interested party should the player become available, who, given his explosive power and runs on the board in Super League, would naturally attract some attention elsewhere in the competition.

Catalans' stance on the matter is currently unclear. Satae still has 18 months left on his contract, and finding a replacement would naturally be challenging given his quality. It's not a given that the French club would allow him to pursue opportunities elsewhere, even if the preference is understood to be so.

A former Black and White, Satae played 97 times for Hull, having joined the club in August 2019. He won the club's Player of the Year award in 2021 before leaving for Catalans at the end of last year.

The big prop, who was born in Tonga, came through the Penrith Panthers' youth system before debuting in the NRL with the New Zealand Warriors. He played 15 games for the Auckland-based club before moving to England five years ago.

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