Hull FC continue rebuild with Zak Hardaker signing as Ben Reynolds departs

Hull FC have continued their rebuild with the signing of experienced centre Zak Hardaker from the 2025 Super League season.

The 32-year-old will join current Leigh Leopards team-mate John Asiata at the MKM Stadium after penning a two-year contract with the Black and Whites.

As well as Hardaker and Asiata, Hull have secured the services of Hull KR half-back Jordan Abdull and Salford Red Devils hooker Amir Bourouh.

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Hull director of rugby Richie Myler said: "We're delighted to be adding one of the most experienced outside backs in the game to our ranks next season in Zak.

Zak Hardaker is on his way to Hull FC. (Photo: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)Zak Hardaker is on his way to Hull FC. (Photo: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)
Zak Hardaker is on his way to Hull FC. (Photo: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)

"Zak has achieved almost everything there is to achieve in the sport. He is a winner and we’re hoping he can become one of our key figures over the next couple of years.

"We're hoping that some of his experiences in the game and the knowledge he has acquired can rub off on some of our talented young outside backs with the likes of Logan Moy, Lewis Martin and Harvey Barron."

Hardaker has made over 360 senior appearances since his debut in 2010, including caps for Great Britain and England.

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The versatile back made his name at Leeds Rhinos after learning his craft with Featherstone Rovers, winning three Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups, a World Club Challenge and a League Leaders' Shield, as well as the Man of Steel award in 2015.

Zak Hardaker played for Leeds in the 2022 Grand Final. (Photo: Ed Sykes/SWpix.com)Zak Hardaker played for Leeds in the 2022 Grand Final. (Photo: Ed Sykes/SWpix.com)
Zak Hardaker played for Leeds in the 2022 Grand Final. (Photo: Ed Sykes/SWpix.com)

Hardaker had a spell in the NRL with Penrith Panthers before helping Castleford Tigers reach the 2017 Grand Final.

After a stint at Wigan Warriors and a return to Leeds, with whom he reached another Grand Final in 2022, Hardaker was part of the Leigh team that won at Wembley last year.

He will see out the 2024 season with the Leopards before linking up with Hull at the end of the year.

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"When a club like Hull FC wants to bring you in, you tend to sit up and listen, and I'm really excited to join a club like this for 2025," said Hardaker.

Ben Reynolds has left Hull. (Photo: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)Ben Reynolds has left Hull. (Photo: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)
Ben Reynolds has left Hull. (Photo: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com)

"The MKM Stadium has always been a place I've loved to come and play at so I'm looking forward to calling that my new home ground from next season.

"Next year will be my 16th year playing professionally and I hope the experience I've gained from all of that time will be really valuable for a lot of the promising youngsters coming through at the club, who I have really enjoyed watching over the last few weeks."

Meanwhile, Ben Reynolds has cut short his time at Hull to rejoin Featherstone Rovers on an 18-month deal.

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Reynolds was due to see out the season on loan at Hull but sought an immediate release from parent club Hull KR after being told he would not be offered a permanent contract by the Black and Whites.

The deal with Featherstone completes a remarkable series of events that have taken the half-back from Post Office Road to the two Hull clubs and back again in the space of five months.

Reynolds was awarded the captaincy for 2024 but left Featherstone without playing a Championship game after KR paid a fee for his services, although he has since featured for the West Yorkshire club on dual-registration.

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