Hull FC to make Richie Myler rugby director with Leeds Rhinos investor linked

Richie Myler is set to be named as Hull FC's new director of rugby. Hull Live can exclusively reveal that the former Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves player has been lined up to take the Black and Whites into a new era.

Myler, who is currently playing for York Knights, is already thought to have begun working behind the scenes for the club, and his appointment is expected to be announced in the next few days. His arrival will certainly catch many by surprise given his lack of experience in such a role, with Myler still playing to this day in the Championship.

But his appointment could relate to the potential new investment in the club that has been openly discussed in recent days. He is linked to Andrew Thirkill, the Leeds Rhinos President, and it's believed he could be among those interested in injecting money into the club. Owner Adam Pearson told BBC Humberside that there were three interested parties, with Thirkill believed to be among them. Last year he was named as Yorkshire's 42nd wealthiest businessman, with an estimated wealth of £180 million.

Myler, 33, has made over 300 appearances in his career, spending the vast majority of that at the top. He has played for Warrington Wolves, Salford Red Devils, Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos, as well as representing England and Ireland. He has won the Challenge Cup twice during his career.

Pearson alluded on Friday night to the fact the new director of rugby needed to get out of his existing role. "We're going through a professional process," he told BBC Humberside. "As soon as the Director of Rugby can free himself up from his present contract, he will be able to emerge and will update everybody as to where we are in the process, but it's not going to be a long time."

Myler will now oversee the appointment of a head coach, the club's short and long-term recruitment as well as all performance matters relating to the club on-field activities.