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Hull FC complete the move of Zak Hardaker as center signing from Leigh Leopards

Hull FC complete the move of Zak Hardaker as center signing from Leigh Leopards

Hull FC have signed Zak Hardaker for the 2025 season and beyond. Hull Live understands that the Black and Whites have completed a deal for the 32-year-old centre, with Director of Rugby Richie Myler completing his third signing from Leigh Leopards in the past two weeks.

Hull have already confirmed Leythers loose forward and captain John Asiata, 31, on a three-year deal for the 2025 season, and Tom Briscoe, who joined last month on an 18-month contract. Hardaker is the third permanent signing for the club from Greater Manchester. The centre, who turns 33 in October, has reportedly signed a two-year contract with the East Yorkshire club.

Hardaker fits the bill as an experienced player, something Myler is keen to add to a young and emerging Hull team. He is one of several out-of-contract players at Leigh and it is believed that he has been offered a new contract by his current club, but has instead decided to sign for Hull, with all out-of-contract players now officially on the open market after the May holidays. 1 anti-tampering date.

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The centre, who can also play as a full-back, has made more than 350 appearances after coming through the ranks of Featherstone Rovers in 2010 before moving to Leeds Rhinos in 2011. He won multiple Super League and Challenge Cup titles with the Rhinos. , and also played for England on the international stage.

Hardaker spent one season with Castleford Tigers in 2017, before moving to Wigan Warriors in 2019. He spent four seasons with the Cherry and Whites before rejoining Leeds in 2022. He then signed for Leigh in 2023, adding another Challenge Cup medal. his collection at the Leythers last August.

It is hoped that Hardaker will bring some key qualities on the pitch to Hull FC as a fierce and experienced competitor. He has had a number of high-profile controversies during his career, including a three-year driving ban he was handed this year after drink-driving, but is now determined to end on a high.

He is also one of ‘six to seven’ new recruits Myler wants to bring to Hull, with the new Director of Rugby also this week completing a deal for Yusuf Aydin, who has committed his future to the club until the end of 2026. season after playing the last two games on loan from Hull KR. Elsewhere, they have completed a deal for Ben Reynolds on a season-long loan and have also brought Tiaki Chan to the club from Wigan Warriors on a two-week loan deal.