Hull FC complete Zak Hardaker move as centre signs from Leigh Leopards

Zak Hardaker will be a Hull FC player next season.
Picture by Olly Hassell/ - 26/05/2023 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League Round 13 - Leigh Leopards v Warrington Wolves - Leigh Sports Village, Leigh , England - Leigh’s Zak Hardaker celebrating his sides win -Credit:SW Pix

Hull FC have signed Zak Hardaker for the 2025 season and beyond. Hull Live understands the Black and Whites have completed a deal for the 32-year-old centre, with Director of Rugby, Richie Myler finalising his third signing from Leigh Leopards inside the last two weeks.

Hull have already confirmed Leythers' loose-forward and captain John Asiata, 31, on a three-year marquee contract for the 2025 season, and Tom Briscoe, who last month joined on an 18-month contract. Hardaker is the club's third permanent pick up from the Greater Manchester outfit, with the centre, who turns 33 this October, understand to have signed a two-year deal at the East Yorkshire club.

Hardaker fits the mould as an experienced player, something Myler is keen to add to a young and upcoming Hull squad. He is one of many out of contract players at Leigh and is understood to have been offered a new deal by his current club, but has instead decided to sign for Hull, with all out of contract players now officially on the open market after the May 1 anti-tampering date.

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The centre, who is also capable of playing at full-back, has made over 350 career appearances having come through the ranks at Featherstone Rovers in 2010 before moving to Leeds Rhinos in 2011. He won multiple Super League and Challenge Cup titles with the Rhinos, and also played for England on the international stage.

Hardaker spent one season at Castleford Tigers in 2017, before moving to Wigan Warriors in 2019. He spent four seasons with the Cherry and Whites, before re-joining Leeds in 2022. He then signed for Leigh in 2023, adding another Challenge Cup medal to his collection with the Leythers last August.

It's hoped Hardaker will bring some key on-field qualities to Hull FC as a fierce and experienced competitor. He has had some well-known controversies during his career, including a three-year driving ban picked up this year after drink driving, but is now determined to finish on a high.

He is also one of 'six to seven' new recruits that Myler intends to bring to Hull, with the new Director of Rugby also finalising a deal for Yusuf Aydin this week, who has committed his future to the club until the end of the 2026 season after playing the last two games on loan from Hull KR. Elsewhere, they completed a deal for Ben Reynolds on a season-long loan and have also brought Tiaki Chan to the club from Wigan Warriors on a two-week loan.

Still active, the Black and Whites intend to recruit on both sides of the globe, with experience their number one desired trait. They have at least one quota spot still to use and are understood to be interested in the NRL market, as well as acquiring Super League talent. They are recruiting on two strands, this year and next, as they look to improve the squad both for now and for the future.

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