Salford Red Devils shake off Hull FC pursuit for Paul Rowley after strong offer made

Paul Rowley has decided AGAINST joining Hull FC and will remain at Salford Red Devils. The Greater Manchester outfit have released a statement confirming that Rowley, who is under contract at the Red Devils until 2025, will stay at the club.

The Black and Whites had tabled a lucrative offer to Rowley, who was their number one target, and were prepared to meet Salford's commanded fee of £150,000 to acquire him. However, the 49-year-old has now confirmed that he will stay at Salford, who he joined ahead of the 2022 season, and therefore negotiations between the two clubs have ceased.

Hull Live understands that Rowley had significant talks with Hull FC about joining the club, who were 'increasingly confident' of landing a deal. However, despite those talks progressing on Monday and into Tuesday, and Rowley showing serious interest in the job, ultimately, the location of Hull and the lack of desire to uproot his family have been two major stumbling blocks for him, among some loyalty to Salford, who he took to the play-offs a couple of seasons ago.

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"We can confirm that Paul Rowley will remain the Head Coach of Salford Red Devils," the statement said. "An approach was made by Hull FC, which has now been rejected. Paul remains committed to the project underway at the club. The club will make no further comments on this matter."

Hull FC will continue their search for a new permanent head coach, with Simon Grix placed in interim charge and expected to have the role for the rest of the current season.

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