New Hull FC signing Frank Pritchard has insisted that “money’s not everything” – after it emerged he has come to play in Super League for less money than what he was earning in the NRL.
Pritchard had a year remaining on his deal with Canterbury Bulldogs, but secured a release to head to the KC Stadium and begin a new chapter in his career in Super League.
But Hull coach Lee Radford revealed to the media this week that Pritchard is earning less money with FC in 2016, with the player himself insisting that money’s not the sum of all that matters in his life, after he also turned down a late approach from New Zealand Warriors to stay in the NRL.
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“Like I said before, it’s always good to feel wanted from another club, but in all honesty, everything was sorted with Hull,” he said.
“I’d signed my deal and I’m a man of my word, so I told Motu (Tony) and the coach I’d be here – that was just a minor hurdle, i was always coming here, 100 per cent.
On his financial situation, Pritchard said: “Who’s counting, I’m not. Sometimes money’s not everything; I’ve come here to help the club make a change and it was been one of my main goals in coming.”
“Credit to Frank, he had a 12-month option in his favour to stay with the Dogs and financially it would have been in his benefit to stay there – and it’d have been a lot warmer, too,” Radford added.
“The Warriors then came in with a play for him at the last minute, but he’s a man of his word. He wants to see this through; he’s come over here and he’s bought into what we want to do at this club.”