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Saints star Prescott 'a hero'

The RFL says Steve Prescott MBE was a true hero. He has died, aged 39 after a long illness. He was capped by both England and Ireland at international level and had successful spells with Hull FC and St Helens.

Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time. The word 'hero' is overused in sport but Steve was just that: a role model for every young Rugby League player during his distinguished playing career and an absolute inspiration to all of us off the field. Throughout his long illness Steve was never anything other than dignified, noble and brave, not least during his fantastic charity work through the Steve Prescott Foundation which raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. He is going to be much missed.

– RFL CHIEF EXECUTIVE NIGEL WOOD

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Tributes pour in for Steve Prescott

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Sad news to hear the loss of #StevePrescott an inspiration.I had the pleasure to play against and in the same team. His memory will live on

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True legend and inspiration to everyone... thoughts go to his wife, kids and the rest of the family. #steveprescott #RIP

Holdsworth leaves Hull FC

Daniel Holdsworth. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Daniel Holdsworth's career at Hull FC is over after the Super League side granted him permission to return to Australia.

The 29-year-old joined the Black and Whites from Salford last winter but - partly through injury - failed to live up to his billing as a marquee signing.

The former Canterbury Bulldog asked to leave the KC Stadium at the end of the season for personal reasons and Hull say he has joined Cronulla, although the NRL side are yet to officially confirm it.

The Black & Whites' ambitious owner Adam Pearson wants a big-name replacement for Holdsworth to win fans over and new coach Lee Radford has been using the current World Cup to scout for replacements. He's also keen to bring in free agent Ryan McGoldrick, who had a short spell with the club in 2012.

Hull forward signs contract extension

Joe Westerman will stay at the KC Stadium until 2016
Joe Westerman will stay at the KC Stadium until 2016 Credit: Press Association

Hull FC loose forward Joe Westerman has committed his future to the club after agreeing a two-year contract extension.

Westerman, who has made 77 appearances since joining the Black and Whites from Castleford in 2011, has signed a new deal which will keep him at the KC Stadium until the end of 2016.

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Biggs switches codes to join Hull FC

Tom Biggs in action for the England Sevens squad. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Hull FC Rugby League Club have signed home-grown Rugby Union winger Tom Biggs from Bath.

The 29 year old enjoyed a successful career in Union, initially at Leeds, where he became the club's all-time leading try scorer and won the Powergen Cup Final at Twickenham.

He also represented the England Saxons, England U21’s, and was a regular in the England Sevens set-up.

Biggs - brought up in Beverley and a former pupil at Hymers College in Hull - has supported the Black & Whites since he was a boy, and was at Wembley earlier this season to see Hull FC play Wigan in the Challenge Cup Final.

He said: "Although we didn’t get the result on the day, I’m really looking forward to being part of the squad and trying to get back there again. I’m really looking forward to meeting everybody, getting involved with the training, getting my head down and working hard."

Hull FC release Johnson

Hull FC have released former St Helens and Wakefield prop forward Paul Johnson halfway through his two-year contract.

The 25-year-old made 21 appearances this year, after moving from the Wildcats, but has been paid off to ease pressure on the club's salary cap and is expected to join Widnes.

Paul has left the club and we wish him well for the future. He's a great lad and did a good job for us but we've identified a number of players that are expected to go past him in the side.

"Chris Green has just been named in the Knights squad alongside Liam Watts, whilst another Hull boy in Josh Bowden continues to develop and deserves his chance next season.

"We need to be looking after these young players and that may involve moving on some fringe players, whilst at the same time we want some salary cap space free with a view to potential moves following the upcoming World Cup."

– Adam Pearson, Hull FC owner
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