Hull FC linked with two NRL coaches with potential candidates expanding

Two new candidates have been linked with the vacant Hull FC post. The Black and Whites have yet to make a permanent appointment following the departure of Tony Smith, with Simon Grix currently in interim charge.

The Black and Whites' pursuit of Paul Rowley has been well documented, with the Salford Red Devils head coach ultimately deciding to remain loyal to his current club. Since then, a heap of names have been murmured, though nothing of substance has emerged.

However, in the pre-match build-up of Sky Sports' coverage between Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons, another two potential candidates were mooted. Both are Australian and currently coaching in the NRL. The first is Dean Young, who is the current assistant coach at St George Illawarra Dragons, while the second is Canterbury Bulldogs number two Chad Randall.

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Young, who represented Australia during his playing days, has plenty of experience as an assistant coach in the NRL, working with both the Dragons and North Queensland Cowboys, while has has also been involved in Tonga's coaching setup. The 40-year-old is currently assisting Shane Flanagan.

Meanwhile, Randall is someone with a history in the UK having spent eight seasons in Super League with London Broncos, making almost 200 appearances for the club. He had previously played for Manly Sea Eagles while his coaching experience has been built over a number of years.

The only issue is that Hull FC's stance from the beginning is that they intend to appoint a British coach, of which neither would be applicable. Going British would certainly limit the club's options, with the likes of Brian McDermott and Lee Briers regularly mentioned.