- Watts and Abdull extend deals
- Prop Watts contracted until 2020
- Abdull until 2019
As exclusively revealed in The 18th Man tonight, prop forward Liam Watts and rising star Jordan Abdull have both agreed extended deals at the KCOM Stadium!
Watts, who was a part of last year’s Challenge Cup-winning side at Wembley, has signed for an extra two years with the Black and Whites, which keeps him at the club until the end of 2020.
Meanwhile Abdull, who is currently on a season-long loan at Championship side Hull Kingston Rovers, will remain with Hull until 2019.
Prop forward Watts, who joined from city rivals Hull KR midway through the 2012 campaign, has been a mainstay in the Airlie Birds front row in recent years, forming a formidable partnership with local boy Scott Taylor.
The 26-year-old has made over a century of appearances for Hull since arriving five years ago, scoring 12 tries in Super League, as well as being named joint Player of the Year alongside Mark Minichiello in 2015.
Speaking exclusively to The 18th Man, Watts said: “It’s really pleasing. I had this year and next year and it’s always nice to have that security behind you. It’s nice to have it finalised and I’m looking forward to the next three and a half years.
“I’ve been here a few years now and it’d be great to get a testimonial with the club, but I’ve got a big, exciting three and a half years ahead of me, which is the main aim and try and get as much success as we can.”Liam Watts on signing his new deal
“I’ve been here a few years now and it’d be great to get a testimonial with the club, but I’ve got a big, exciting three and a half years ahead of me, which is the main aim and try and get as much success as we can.”
Former England Academy international Jordan Abdull has also extended his stay with the club whilst he currently enjoys a loan experience at Hull KR.
The Robins’ relegation to the Championship has presented the 21-year-old with invaluable match experience, week in-week out, and he has so far impressed.
Abdull made his debut for the Black and Whites in 2014 and has shown glimpses of his potential, including a Man of the Match performance against tonight’s opponents Widnes in the Super 8s last year.
He has also had a loan spell with Featherstone Rovers and will return to Hull at the end of the season.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford said: “Liam is coming to the stage in his career where his role in the group is changing and we’re looking forward to seeing him progress both on and off the field over the next couple of seasons.
“I’ve no doubt he has the talent to pull a representative jersey on and hopefully we can see that happen over the next couple of seasons whilst representing the Black and Whites.
“It’s great that Jordan has secured his long-term to the club. He’s obviously someone we’ve identified of making an impression on the team when his loan spell expires at Hull KR.
“This season, for him, is about getting regular first team rugby and will hopefully be really beneficial for his progression and his development.”