Hull target date for return to training

Hull FC are set to return to training on July 20th.

League Express understands the club has informed players they will report back to the club on that date as they gear up for Super League’s return.

The competition is preparing to stage a full return on the weekend of August 16/17, meaning the Black and Whites will have three full weeks of training before they return to action.

Some clubs are due to play before the competition’s full restart date as they catch up on games postponed before lockdown, but the Airlie Birds have played all seven of their scheduled games.

Other clubs are in the process of finalising training dates, despite no official confirmation on the season’s return. However, all three of Super League’s proposals for a return to action use the same start date, with the end date being the key difference in the three plans.

Most clubs are expected to take their players off furlough three weeks before their first game.

When they do return, Andy Last will be in charge of matters after Lee Radford was sacked following the club’s last game before the season was suspended. They were hammered at home by Warrington in what was a fourth defeat in five games.

Meanwhile, Albert Kelly has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The halfback, who joined the Black and Whites from cross-city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers in 2017, says he will return to Australia when his contract expires at the end of the season.

He has made 70 appearances for the club.

“I want to thank you all for the great memories and support over the years,” he said.

“At the end of my contract this year I will be heading home to Australia. Let’s get back playing so we can finish the year off strong!”

He is the second confirmed exit out of the club at the end of the season, with Ratu Naulago heading to rugby union.