Hull FC land former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers star Zak Hardaker

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Former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers star Zak Hardaker has spoken publicly for the first time since signing for Hull FC on a deal beginning next season.

The full-back or centre - who has also played in Betfred Super Super for Wigan Warriors, with Featherstone Rovers in the Championship and at NRL outfit Penrith Panthers - has signed a two-year contract. He is Hull’s fourth signing for 2025 after current Leigh Leopards teammate John Asiata, Catalans Dragons play-maker Jordan Abdull and Salford Red Devils hooker Amir Bourouh.

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“When a club like Hull FC wants to bring you in, you tend to sit up and listen,” Hardaker said. “I'm really excited to join a club like this for 2025. Next year will be my 16th 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.”

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Zak Hardaker, right, shakes hands with Leeds Rhinos captain Cameron Smith after Leigh Leopards' defeat at AMT Headingley last month. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.Zak Hardaker, right, shakes hands with Leeds Rhinos captain Cameron Smith after Leigh Leopards' defeat at AMT Headingley last month. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
Zak Hardaker, right, shakes hands with Leeds Rhinos captain Cameron Smith after Leigh Leopards' defeat at AMT Headingley last month. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

Hull director of rugby Richie Myler played alongside Hardaker for Leeds in the 2022 Grand Final. “We’re delighted to be adding one of the most experienced outside-backs in the game to our ranks,” he said of the 2015 Man of Steel. “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.”

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