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Naughton becomes fifth Hull FC signing for 2015

Following a new deal for Callum Lancaster, Hull FC have announced the signing of another young English player with a move for Curtis Naughton from Sydney Roosters.

The former England Academy and Bradford Bulls player has spent the last year in Australia with the Roosters, but is returning to Super League with the Black and Whites for 2015 on an initial one-year deal, with the club holding the option of a further 12-months.

It makes the 19-year old Hull's fifth signing ahead of the 2015 season and adds even more competition to Lee Radford's growing number of exciting outside backs.

Former FC captain Mackey dies

Hull FC have announced that their former captain Greg Mackey has died at his home in Australia.

Greg Mackey lifting the league trophy in 1991 Credit: Press Association

A statement on the club's website said:

The former South Sydney, Illawarra, Warrington and Hull half back spent his final few days with his close family in New South Wales. He passed away earlier today.

– Hull FC

He played for FC on 95 times between 1989 and 1992, captaining Hull to the Premiership title in the 1990-91 season. He was named man of match in the club's famous victory over Widnes at Old Trafford.


Crooks makes NRL switch

Hull have released centre Ben Crooks to enable him to take up a contract with NRL side Parramatta.

Ben Crooks is leaving Hull FC and heading Down Under Credit: Hull FC

The 21-year-old was named in the Super League Dream Team just 12 months ago after a sensational first full season in the top flight but he struggled to maintain his form this year and spent the second half of the season playing on a dual-registration with Doncaster.

Crooks had a year left on his contract but sought a release so that he could follow in the footsteps of his father Lee, who had a successful spell in Australia with Western Suburbs and Balmain in the 1980s.

Hull say they will retain the player's Super League registration in case he returns to England.

The club feel the circumstances are right for Ben to pursue this significant lifestyle and career move in a new country, particularly following recent recruitment activity.

"He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the club."

– Hull FC spokesman

Hull have been impressed with the form of centre Setaimata Sa since he joined them in mid-season and they recently announced the signing of former Gold Coast Titans threequarter Steve Michaels.

Coach Lee Radford says he is hopeful of having two more new signings finalised within the next fortnight, with one of them expected to be former Bradford full-back Curtis Naughton, who spent this year with Sydney Roosters' reserves.

Hull FC sign Australian centre Michaels

Hull FC have made Australian centre Steve Michaels their fourth signing ahead of the 2015 season.

Michaels joins FC from Australian side Gold Coast Credit: Pre

The 27-year penned a one-year deal with the Black and Whites, subject to international clearance.

I'm excited about the move. I've heard good things about the fanatical fans and the proud history of the club. It's a big challenge for me.

I've got an understanding of the club. I spoke to Lee and he informed me of the young players coming through whilst there is a bit of experience in there too. So it is exciting to be joining the club and the first thing I want to do is earn a spot and have some input in the team. We want some success in 2015.

– Steve Michaels


Rugby League braced for Hull derby

Both head coaches from cross city rivals Hull FC and Hull KR have been building up the significance of this Friday's derby at the KC Stadium.

FC coach Lee Radford all but admitted defeat in his club's quest for the Super League playoffs after last weekend's defeat to Bradford.

But his opposite number Chris Chester, who signed a new three year contract yesterday, knows a win for his side will put them in the running for a shot at the end of season playoffs:

Hull FC move for Minichiello

Hull FC have secured their third signing ahead of the 2015 season with a move for the vastly experienced Gold Coast Titans back rower Mark Minichiello on a two-year deal.

Mark Minichiello signs for Hull FC Credit: Press Association

The 32-year old has agreed deal to join the Airlie Birds for the start of the 2015 campaign, making the Italian international the third player to switch to the KC Stadium, following half backs Marc Sneyd and Leon Pryce.

Minichiello, much like the latter, brings with him a wealth of experience to a young looking Black and Whites squad, having played over 250 appearances during his thirteen seasons in the NRL.

It is going to be a new challenge for me and I am really looking forward to it I can’t wait to get over there and experience a different league. I have always had dreams of playing in the Super League, and when this deal and opportunity came about, I just thought it was the right time to jump in and experience something new. Hull is a club with a long history, is one of the bigger clubs over there and from what I hear the fans are very passionate about rugby league, they have a good culture for rugby.

– Mark Minichiello

Hadley extends Hull contract

Hull FC forward Dean Hadley has signed a new contract that will keep him at the KC Stadium until the end of 2016.

The 22-year-old Hull-born back rower, who made his debut against Catalan Dragons last season, has established himself in Lee Radford's side this year, appearing in 13 of their last 19 matches.

"What Dean brings to training and what he has brought this year on the field has been immense," Radford said.

"And he has taken huge strides in his development, which is why we were keen to offer him this extension."

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