Gentle hoping to bring Ellis to Hull but faces competition from Rhinos

HULL FC and Leeds Rhinos are leading the chase to bring England international Gareth Ellis back to Super league.

Black and Whites coach Peter Gentle wants to bring Ellis back from Australian club West Tigers at the end of the season.

The second-row wants to return to England for family reasons but Gentle – a former Wests Tigers assistant – faces a battle with Ellis’s former club Leeds.

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Ellis – who sparked a stampede for his services by announcing two weeks ago that he returning to England – will choose his Super League destination by the end of the month.

Ellis’s agent, David Howes, reported “virtually 100 per cent” interest from the 14 Super League clubs and he is whittling down the list for the player to consider.

“We’re firming up the definite offers,” said Howes.

“Gareth wants to make a decision this month so that he can put it to one side and concentrate on finishing on a high with Wests Tigers.”

The former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Leeds favourite, who has won the Tigers’ player of the year award in each of his three seasons, looks likely to return to Yorkshire.

He is from Castleford and still owns a house in Wetherby.

Mark O’Meley sits out tomorrow’s game against Widnes after accepting a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle during his side’s 22-10 win at St Helens.

City rivals Hull KR travel to Catalan Dragons tonight looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Wakefield.

“We’ve done our homework this week, had a good look at the video and have had a rap across the knuckles, which we deserved,” said Rovers prop Joel Clinton.

“But we’ve got to focus on the Catalans game now and we know it’ll be another tough one for us. They’re playing really good footy at the moment and they’re another side with a big pack.”