Josh Jones set for early Hull FC exit?

Josh Jones could be set for an early exit from Hull FC after asking to leave the club.

League Express understands the Great Britain forward has struggled to adapt following his move from Salford Red Devils and has asked the club for permission to pursue a move elsewhere, with Warrington thought to be interested in signing the 26-year-old.

It’s believed the travel has proved troublesome for the backrower, who decided against moving to Hull after agreeing to join the club.

The Black and Whites are aware of Jones’ unhappiness but are frustrated by his request to leave, having worked extremely hard to sign him ahead of the 2020 season.

They had expected him to move to the Hull area, but a move didn’t materialise and he still lives in Lancashire.

Hull beat the likes of Wigan and St Helens to his signature last year in what was a considerable coup, with Jones making last season’s Dream Team.

As a result, they are only willing to let him leave if they receive a transfer fee, with his current contract not set to expire until the end of 2021.

Warrington’s interest has emerged following the anticipated departure later this year of Ben Murdoch-Masila, who is to return to the NRL with New Zealand Warriors next year.

As a result, the Wolves have space on their salary cap and they see Jones as a potential replacement.

However, their interest remains tentative at this stage, with the retention of their existing players a priority. Their current backrower, Ben Currie, is off-contract and the Wolves are keen to retain him, despite their interest in Jones.

It remains to be seen whether Saints, who Jones won a Grand Final with in 2014, or Wigan, will again join the chase for the backrower.