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Hull FC sign Josh Griffin for 2017

Hull FC have announced the signing of Salford Red Devils centre Josh Griffin on a three-year deal from next season.

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The 26-year-old has played for a number of Super League clubs, including Wakefield, Huddersfield and Castleford before switching to Rugby Union with Leeds Carnegie in 2012.

He returned to League two years later with Championship club Batley Bulldogs before joining brothers Darrell, now with Featherstone Rovers, and George, a former Hull KR junior, at Salford.

“I want to play in big games in front of big crowds and hopefully push for an international spot and I believe Hull is the best club to help me do that.

– John Griffin on hullfc.com

“Josh will be a great addition to our squad and I’m really looking forward to him joining the group.

“He’s a player we have had to put a lot of focus on when coming up against Salford over the last couple of seasons because of his physical presence both in defence and attack and his ability with the ball in hand."

– Hull FC head coach Lee Radford on hullfc.com

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Hull captain to miss season opener

Hull will start the new season without captain Gareth Ellis, who is being given more time to fully recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Gareth Ellis won't be available for Hull on Friday Credit: Press Association

The former England forward is back in full training after spending eight months on the sidelines but will not be risked against Salford, who visit the KC Stadium on Friday.

"Gareth's been in full training for two weeks but we are trusting our staff to bring him back at the right time," coach Lee Radford said.

Hull are set to give debuts to new signings Mahe Fonua, Sika Manu, Frank Pritchard, former Salford prop Scott Taylor and Carlos Tuimavave but there is no place for former Leeds and Wakefield full-back Lee Smith, who is currently on trial at the club.

Salford could have as many as nine debutants after including newcomers Justin Carney, Mark Flanagan, Josh Jones, Phil Joseph, Craig Kopczak, Rob Lui. Ben Murdoch-Masila, Gareth O'Brien and Matt Sarsfield in their 19-man squad.

Roadside vigil for teens killed in East Yorkshire crash

A vigil will be held on Monday evening for two teenagers killed in a car crash in East Yorkshire on Sunday.

Bradley Parker captained Hull at under-16s Credit: HullFC.com

The family and friends of 19-year-old Bradley Parker, who previously captained Hull FC's under-16s squad, and his 18-year-old Daniel Maston of Churchill Rise, Burstwick, will meet at the scene of the crash on Newfield Lane at Lelley.

Police say anyone wishing to pay tribute to the boys is welcome to attend from 5pm, and have warned motorists that the road will be closed while the vigil takes place.

Hull FC to wear former under-16s captain's name on shirts

Hull FC say they will wear former under-16s captain, Bradley Parker's name on their shirts in next year's Super League as a mark of remembrance.

Bradley Parker captained Hull at under-16s level Credit: HullFC.com

Parker, 19, who recently left the club to pursue an apprenticeship, was one of two young men who lost their lives in a collision in in the village of Lelley, near Hull on Sunday.

A talented hooker, he excelled from a young age captaining his school rugby team, helping South Holderness to the Year 11 National Cup Final.

He also went on to captain East Hull and Hull FC's scholarship side, before his performances earned him international recognition with the England Youth squad.

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Hull pay tribute after death of former under 16s captain

Hull FC have offered counselling to team-mates of their former under-16s captain Bradley Parker, who died following a road traffic accident on Sunday.

Bradley Parker captained Hull at under-16s level Credit: HullFC.com

Parker, 19, who recently left the club to pursue an apprenticeship, was one of two young men who lost their lives in a collision in East Yorkshire.

In a statement, the club said:

On behalf of everyone involved at Hull FC, we would like to pass on our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families involved in this tragic incident and Brad's contribution to the club from a young age will never be forgotten.

He was a popular member of a young squad that went on to produce current first-team players like Jack Logan and Reece Dean, who were his close friends.

The club have offered their full support to the family and the club's player welfare officer Rev Tony Cotson has been made available to counsel former players and team-mates.

In a mark of respect for Brad and his family, the club will carry his name on the player's matchday shirts in Super League next season.

– Hull FC Statement

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

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
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