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Pritchard rejects NRL overtures to honor Hull commitment

Hull say former New Zealand international Frank Pritchard has re-affirmed his commitment to them after rejecting last-minute efforts to keep him in the NRL.

Frank Pritchard has turned down interest from the NRL Credit: Press Association

The Super League club announced the capture of the 32-year-old Canterbury Bulldogs forward on a two-year contract - with the option of a third season - in June but New Zealand Warriors are believed to have stepped in with a late offer.

Hull moved on Thursday to halt the speculation, insisting the player will fly to England next week to launch his new career at the KC Stadium.

In a statement issued by the club, Pritchard said: "I will be heading over there next week and I'm really looking forward to it.

"It's flattering that there may have been some interest elsewhere but I'm a man of my word and will see out my commitment."

Adam Pearson reaffirms commitment to Hull FC

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson insists his focus is now solely on the Black and Whites after leaving his role at Leeds United earlier this week.

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In a statement the club chairman said the time is right to spend more time at the club and finally realise his dream.

Pearson, appointed Executive Director at Leeds United by owner Massimo Cellino in May, left the position citing the need for a break as one of his main reasons.

Hull FC needs my complete attention, so that is what it will get, as we look to take care of some areas of the club in relation to supporters and corporate partners.

I evidenced first hand in Leeds how the two clubs, United and Rhinos, received huge commercial and corporate social responsibility backing from a wide range of companies in Leeds. It would be great if I could engage with some of our larger companies in Hull to obtain that same support for Hull FC.

– Adam Pearson

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Garreth Carvell calls time on rugby league career

Former Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC prop Garreth Carvell has announced his retirement from rugby league.

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The former Great Britain and England prop, 34, currently Player Welfare Manager at Salford Red Devils has been forced to hang up his boots by the effects of a series of injuries suffered during his 19-year professional career.

Carvell won the Challenge Cup four times in his illustrious career.

In a statement he revealed that he is awaiting a knee replacement and surgery on his neck to replace three prolapsed discs.

It is with some sadness that I would like to announce my retirement from the greatest game in the world. I have played professional rugby since I was 16 and although the mind is still willing unfortunately the body has declared it’s time to stop.

I’d like to thank everybody that has helped me throughout my career, from my start at Leeds Rhinos where I made my debut alongside Kevin Sinfield as a 16-year-old, my two spells at Hull FC, my short stint at Castleford and, of course, my time at Warrington Wolves.

I was fortunate enough to represent and tour with my country and also had the pleasure to contribute to Challenge Cup wins for Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.

– Garreth Carvell

Palea’aesina handed Hull FC contract extension

Hull FC have extended the contract of fans' favourite Iafeta Palea’aesina by 12 months.

Iafeta Palea’aesina Credit: Press Association

The 32 year-old former New Zealand international will enter his third season with the Black and Whites, having joined the club in 2014 following spells with New Zealand Warriors, Wigan Warriors, Salford and French side Limoux Grizzlies.

During his time in Hull, Palea’aesina has made 35 appearances since returning to Super League.

I’m over the moon. I’ve always wanted to stay at this great club that has done so much for me. I’ve had a great time here so far and I’m just happy the deal is done. I am proud to be part of Hull FC and now I hope I can finish the season strongly.

– Iafeta Palea’aesina

World Cup winner Manu joins Hull

Hull have announced the signing of World Cup-winning forward Sika Manu.

Sika Manu has joined Hull FC Credit: Press Association

The 28-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with the Black and Whites and will move to England at the end of the season from Penrith.

Manu lifted the World Cup with New Zealand in 2008 while also winning the NRL with Melbourne in 2012, developing a reputation as a fearsome, all-action player.

Manu has over 150 NRL appearances to his name and, having also captained Tonga, will bring a wealth of experience to the KC Stadium.

He joins Mahe Fonua, Frank Pritchard, Scott Taylor and Carlos Tuimavave in joining Hull for next season.

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North Stand at KC Stadium to be closed from next year

Hull FC say they have been told by Stadium Management Company (SMC) that the North Stand at the KC Stadium will be closed from 2016 due to cost cutting measures.

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As a result, away supporters will be relocated to the north end of the East Stand - the same section of the stadium that is now used for Hull City football fixtures.

The closure is part of a cost cutting exercise by the Stadium Management Company and not a decision made by Hull FC.

Whilst we're extremely disappointed by this decision, we understand the financial reasons involved.

– Hull FC statement

Watts facing lengthy ban after biting charge

Hull prop Liam Watts is facing a heavy suspension after being charged with biting an opponent.

Watts is facing a ban after being charged with biting an opponent Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old former Hull KR forward is accused of biting fellow front rower Adam Walker in the Hull derby at the KC Lightstream Stadium a fortnight ago.

Watts was charged by the Rugby Football League's match review panel, which normally makes its recommendations on the Monday after each game but were forced to wait for the findings of a formal investigation into the incident.

Watts is facing a grade E offence, which carries a ban of between four and eight matches.

He has started each of Hull's last 16 matches but, if he is found guilty and handed the most severe punishment, his season would be over.

Watts does not have the option of submitting an early-guilty plea and so will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal next Tuesday, three days before Hull play the first of seven matches in the Super 8s.

Hull FC arrive in Austria for pre-season tour

Hull City have arrived in Austria for their pre-season tour, where they will play 2 games against German side Hannover and United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain FC.

The fans began arriving in Salzburg yesterday. Many travelled around Europe last year to follow the Tigers on their first ever foray in European competition. But for some it was their first time following the club abroad.

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