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THE PRYCE IS RIGHT FOR HALF BACK DUO

By Tom Stewart | 01/07/2014

 

Hull FC have swooped to secure the double signing of half backs Marc Sneyd and Leon Pryce for the 2015 season.

Pryce is out of contract at the end of the season and joins the club on a two-year deal, whilst Hull have agreed a substantial six-figure fee, albeit undisclosed, with Salford to land the services of Sneyd on a three-year contract, with the option to extend the deal if required.

Along with Kevin Brown of Widnes, both players have been leading the way in Super League this season with Sneyd steering Castleford's meteoric rise up the table and Pryce driving a Catalans play-off push, putting in a notable man-of-the-match performance against the Black and Whites just two weeks ago.

Both players feature in Super League's top five try assist makers this season, whilst Pryce has made more offloads than any other player and Sneyd has one of the highest kick success rates having notched up 64 goals and 2 drop goals already this campaign.

Speaking to hullfc.com, Pryce, who is looking forward to finishing the remainder of the season on a high with Catalans, said, "It's a big club with really passionate fans and that is what excited me.

"I have grown up with the Leeds-Bradford derby and played in the Saints-Wigan derby, but now I am going to play in the Hull derby which was a reason I wanted to join Hull FC.

"Lee Radford is one of the main reasons I am coming over to play in Hull, he is a top class individual and I'm looking forward to playing for him and doing the best I can.

"I have been playing for a long time so I can bring plenty to the club. I played through two very successful periods with Bradford and St. Helens and hopefully we can get to a point where we challenge for trophies like that at Hull FC.

Whilst Sneyd also added, "I am really excited about the chance to join Hull FC and looking forward to the move. 

"I think for me it was an opportunity that was too good to miss. There is a good following of fans who are always really loud and loyal. I hope I can build a career here.

"It looks like a good challenge for me and a club that wants to go places. It's exciting to know I can be part of that."

At 32, Pryce offers Hull some much needed experience in the halves with an incredible career that can boast multiple Grand Finals, Challenge Cup Finals and World Club Challenge victories during spells with Bradford and St. Helens, including being named Harry Sunderland Award winner in the 2005 Grand Final and Lance Todd Trophy winner in the 2007 cup final.

He is particularly well known to Hull FC supporters after an influential try scoring performance in their 2006 Grand Final defeat to Saints, which he followed up with a Challenge Cup Final victory over the Black and Whites in 2008.

His international pedigree is just as glowing too, having never looked back from captaining his country at U16's level and going on to make 24 appearances for England and Great Britain, scoring 8 tries and representing them at the World Cup.

Pryce will also be a superb foil for youngster Sneyd, who has made just 64 Super League appearances in comparison to the 400 made by his elder statesman.

The Salford loanee has shot to stardom this year with a string of much talked about performances as he has helped orchestrate Castleford Tigers miraculous march up the table.

Having represented Ireland in the World Cup in the closed season, he has gone on to kick 64 goals, 2 drop goals and score five tries this year at scrum half for the Tigers, who were one of a number of other club's desperate for his signature.

Speaking about the signings of both players, a delighted Hull FC head coach Lee Radford said, "We are really pleased to have secured both players for next season, particularly as we had a bit of stiff competition from a couple of other clubs who tabled considerable offers.

"There aren't many better CVs in the competition than that of Leon and that experience will be great for our young halves like Jordan Rankin, Jordan Abdull and Harry Tyson-Wilson, who can learn from a Grand Final winner and former Super League Young Player of the Year.

"That experience is invaluable and he is a great character for me to have around the club and work with the other players.

"With that experience comes age, but I don't think anyone would question that when you look at how many games he has played over the last four seasons and has arguably been Catalans most consistent performer."

On Sneyd, he also added, "Marc has had a tremendous season and Castleford's form is in a good part down to that.

"He has a superb left foot kicking game and a fantastic touch on the ball, which we think will give him the opportunity to blossom into a really good young British half back.

"His signing compliments our move for Leon and hopefully he can learn from him to realise his ambitions for honours and international appearances which he wants to achieve at our club."

To read the full interview with Leon Pryce on his move to Hull FC, click here

To read the full interview with Marc Sneyd on his move to Hull FC, click here

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