Hull FC investment clarity given as club closes in on key senior appointment

Hull FC are overseeing a full restructure of their performance department.
Hull FC are overseeing a full restructure of their performance department. -Credit:Dave Lofthouse, Hull FC

Hull FC are set to confirm a new Director of Rugby, with the club landing their desired target. The new appointment, who will sit above the new head coach, will be responsible for all rugby matters at the club

As first reported by Hull Live this Friday morning, the new Director of Rugby will be an addition to the club's staff and will oversee a full restructuring of all performance aspects of the club. That will include selecting and bringing in Hull's new permanent head coach, with that process well underway following Tony Smith's departure on Thursday.

In fact, Hull Live understands candidates have been identified already, with assistant Simon Grix and Head of Emerging Talent, Francis Cummins, currently taking charge of first-team matters on an interim basis. They will revert back to their old roles once the new head coach is confirmed.

Underneath that, there will be a restructuring of all elements of performance, with no stone left unturned. The club will bolster their backroom teams across the board, which will tie in with a new club-hub building at the University of Hull, which is currently in construction.

As reported by Hull Live on Thursday, Hull are also working on securing investment in the club, with talks ongoing between Adam Pearson and potential investors.

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Hull Live understands that financial investment talks are in process with three seriously interested parties. Pearson is offering a significant share equity for a capital injection into the club's finances. He is believed to be open to minority shareholdings or majority shareholdings and is confident that the equity values placed on the club are attractive enough to result in a deal crossing over the line before the end of the current season.

That investment is expected to go in sync with mid-season recruitment, with Hull active in both the domestic and overseas markets. The club confirmed the departures of Fa'amanu Brown and Tex Hoy this Friday afternoon, with the new Director of Rugby to oversee that process, with a new half-back and back-rower desired, upon confirmation of the new appointment.

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