Hull FC’s quota situation explained with club set to make big overseas calls

New Hull FC head coach John Cartwright.
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Hull FC are back up to their full complement of quota players after the mid-season signings of Jed Cartwright and Treigh Stewart. The Black and Whites have confirmed both players on 18-month contracts, with the club hopeful that their new acquisitions will arrive in the UK in the near future, subject to visa clearance.

The duo, who are incoming head coach John Cartwright's first signings, replace Tex Hoy and Fa’manau Brown, who both departed the club in April, with Hull, as it stands, now also back up to the full allowance of seven players for the 2025 season. They have also signed John Asiata on a three-year marquee contract, with their only current overseas player whose deal expires at the end of the season being Carlos Tuimavave.

At this stage, it seems that Asiata will be a straight swap for Tuimavave. Elsewhere, the loose-forward, along with Cartwright and Stewart, are joined by Herman Ese’se, Ligi Sao, Franklin Pele, and Jayden Okunbor in being contracted for next year.

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That means that if Hull do dip back into the overseas market, then one of their current players will have to make way. On that front, Hull Live understands that the club are considering all possibilities. They are known to be targeting an overseas hooker, with Judah Rimbu exclusively reported on Thursday to be a player of interest.

The club are keen to add depth and quality to the hooker position with the likely retirement of club legend Danny Houghton. However, that would mean that one of the current quota seven would need to be released.

On that front, Hull do have options and they are not scared to make big and bold decisions, as shown domestically in the recent call to release Liam Sutcliffe from the final year of his contract at the end of the season. In fact, Hull Live understands there will be further movement with other under-contract domestic players, as well as overseas, as the club looks to assemble the strongest squad possible for next season.

Ultimately, this period of the season has been sold as a selling one, with Richie Myler overseeing five departures and ten new permanent signings so far in his tenure as Director of Rugby, not to mention two loan signings in Ben Reynolds and Tiaki Chan. Four of those permanent signings have come mid-season: Tom Briscoe, Yusuf Aydin, Jed Cartwright, and Treigh Stewart, with Asiata joined by Jordan Abdull, Amir Bourouh, Ed Chamberlain, Zak Hardaker, and Oliver Holmes next year.

It’s expected that more movement will follow, both in terms of outgoings and incomings, with Hull’s recruitment drive ongoing.

Hull’s quota situation in full as it stands:

Out of contract 2024: Carlos Tuimavave

Under contract for 2025: John Asiata, Jed Cartwright, Herman Ese’ese, Jayden Okunbor, Franklin Pele, Ligi Sao, Treigh Stewart

Under contract for 2026: Herman Ese’ese

For a full round up of Hull FC first-team contracts, click here.

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