Hull FC contract clarity given as youngsters secure future and big decisions to come

Davy Litten in action for Hull FC.
Davy Litten in action for Hull FC. -Credit:SW Pix


The annual list of out-of-contract Super League players has been distributed by the RFL to Super League clubs, and as always, Hull FC's section makes for some interesting reading.

In total, the club have nine players on the list, with each name reading 'not yet determined.' That is as black and white as it seems, with Hull still to come to a decision on those nine players, who can now freely talk to other clubs about their futures.

They are as follows: Denive Balmforth, Lennon Bursell, Joe Cator, Jeylan Hodgson, Danny Houghton, Sully Medforth, Charlie Severs, Carlos Tuimavave, and Mitieli Vulikijapani.

Three of Hull's eight academy promotions to the first-team this year, the contract lengths for Bursell, Hodgson, and Medforth weren't officially released, with the teenagers seemingly only offered one-year deals. On the other end of the spectrum, the likes of Houghton have admitted that 2024 will likely be his last season before retiring, while a big decision will be made around Tuimavave later this year. There are also calls to come on Balmforth, Cator, Severs, and Vulikijapani.

Elsewhere, six known out-of-contract players are not on the list. They are Harvey Barron, Zach Jebson, Matty Laidlaw, Davy Litten, Lewis Martin, and Cam Scott. That means they have signed new deals for the 2025 season and beyond, either at Hull FC or elsewhere.

On that front, and as reported by Hull Live back in March, Scott is set for a move to Wakefield Trinity next season. However, Hull Live's understanding is that the five other youngsters will stay at the club.

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Hull have activated the known one-year option for Zach Jebson, while young wingers Harvey Barron and Lewis Martin have seemingly secured their futures with their hometown club. Two more youngsters have also tied down their futures, Davy Litten and Matty Laidlaw, with the club understood to have had unreleased options in their favour.

Interestingly, Leigh Leopards duo Zak Hardaker and Oliver Holmes weren't on the RFL's out-of-contract list either, with the pair understood, as per Hull Live, to have signed deals with Hull FC next season, joining John Asiata, who has signed on a marquee contract.

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