Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has been rewarded for a fine start to the season by being handed a new three-year deal with the club.
Radford’s contract was due to expire at the end of this season, but he has now committed his long-term future to the club, signing a deal that will keep him at the KC Stadium until the end of the 2019 season.
The news comes on a day in which Hull could move up to as high as second in Super League if they can overcome Catalans tonight.
His commitment follows the news that Chris Green, Dean Hadley and Josh Bowden have also signed new deals with the club, and Radford told the club’s official website: “The timing of the announcement alongside the players who have signed up obviously shows the stability and the foundation of the club.
“It was an unbelievably easy decision for me. The support he [Adam Pearson] has shown since day one has made my job so much easier.
“He has strengthened my drive to be successful with this club for the fans and for him personally as I know it means an awful lot to him. The squad needed remoulding when I took over. Back then, I didn’t think we was getting value for money from our squad.
“It has been a long process but I knew with the fantastic work done by Andy Last and Danny Wilson that we had some good young players coming through.
“My mantra has always been to bring through home grown kids for the first-team and surround them with international class players. That’s starting to come to fruition and now we want to really push for some silverware.”
Owner Adam Pearson, who recently gave a glowing report of Radford in League Express said: “I’ve worked with a lot of managers and head coaches in my twenty years in professional sport and never met an individual more committed to a club as Lee, who puts the club first before any personal interests.
“He was handed the complicated challenge three years ago to lead a complete root and branch overhaul of the club in difficult circumstances, which was always going to take some time and bring significant pressures on him.
“He has taken that challenge head on and handled it with great professionalism and the maturity of an experienced coach, whilst at no point safeguarding his own future or making public complaint on the scale of the task at hand.
“No club succeeds without trust and a positive working relationship between the chairman, the coach, staff, players and the fans and we’re now in a position where we can achieve things in the near future.”