Hull FC plot Jordan Abdull move as club identity key half-back target

Hull FC have made contact with Jordan Abdull's representatives and are keen to bring him back to the club for the 2025 season and beyond. The 28-year-old, who debuted with the Black and Whites back in 2014, is currently on a season-long loan at Catalans Dragons from Hull KR, with the French club holding the option to sign the half-back permanently.

However, Hull Live understands that Abdull is interested in a move back to Hull FC, with the club launching talks to get the kicking supremo back in Black and White. The club is thought to be confident in finalising a deal, but there are a few logistics to finalise before they can close it out.

The biggest logistic is Catalans' option to extend Abdull's time in Perpignan. They have a deadline for when they can activate that option, but naturally, they won't want to exercise it for a player who could well prioritise a move back to the UK. The French outfit are still to have those conversations with the player, with the deadline to utilise that option understood to be in July.

Abdull is also currently contracted at his parent club, Hull KR, until 2026, but the East Hull outfit has allowed Hull FC to talk to the player, and they won't stand in the way should they agree on a move. The Black and Whites, meanwhile, believe Abdull is the perfect kicking and organising half-back to slot in alongside Jake Trueman, who will play into his third and final season of his original three-year contract at the club.

Furthermore, Abdull has been identified as the ideal mentor to help bring on the club's rising talent, Jack Charles, who has made eight senior appearances this season after debuting in March. It is hoped that Abdull can help bring on the teenager, who is strongly viewed as the club's long-term successor to the half-back role.

Abdull, being a club-produced player, would also fit the club's bill from a salary cap point of view, with only £50,000 of his salary counting on the cap. He has also had well-documented injury issues in recent seasons, notably with his hamstrings, but has recently returned to the Catalans line-up in recent weeks.

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Rising through the Black and Whites' academy, Abdull made his senior Hull debut against Wakefield Trinity back in 2014. In total, he made 54 appearances for the club, adding to his total in the 2015, 2016, and 2018 seasons.

Abdull has also had two spells at Hull KR in his career, first appearing for them on loan from Hull in 2017. He spent a season at London Broncos in 2019 before signing for the Robins in 2020, where he played 78 games before moving to the South of France ahead of the 2024 season. The half-back also made his England debut in 2021, appearing against France, and has made 178 career appearances to date.

Elsewhere, clubs are now officially free to talk to all out-of-contract players following the passing of the May 1 anti-tampering deadline. Hull, as reported by Hull Live, are understood to have signed Leigh Leopards duo Zak Hardaker and Oliver Holmes, with a deal for John Asiata also announced earlier this month.

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