The wheels are in motion for what is expected to be a blockbuster off-season with Jake Clifford’s move to Hull FC eventuating.
With the deal only for the 2023 season at this stage, Hull FC do have the option of extending the deal for a further season.
Clifford made 67 NRL appearances for the North Queensland Cowboys and Newcastle Knights, with his craftiness and goal-kicking ability two traits that those at Hull FC look forward to.
Helping Clifford’s move to Hull FC is that he will link up with good mate and former Knight Tex Hoy, something he looks forward to.
I’m really excited to have signed.” Clifford said.
“When Hull approached me, they made me feel like I was really wanted and that was a massive appealing factor for me.
“I’ve got my mate, Tex Hoy, heading over to Hull for next season, as well, so I’m looking forward to linking up with him again.”
Clifford also looks forward to what lies ahead and wants to try and lead from the front in a team led by coach Tony Smith.
“I’ve heard some good things from Tony [Smith] too and there are some great players at the club with a lot of special talent, and I want to be a part of it and I’m excited about what we can achieve,” Clifford continued.
“I hope I can bring some leadership to the group to help the team get around the park, but I also want to have enjoy my footy and win some games.”
Smith is confident that Clifford can make a smooth transition to the Super League at Hull FC.
“It’s very exciting,” Smith said.
“I think Jake is a terrific young half-back with a lot of capabilities, and he has had some success already at his young age in the best Rugby League competition in the world.”
Smith praised several aspects of Clifford’s game and wants to work with the young half to make him even better.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Jake,” Smith continued.
“We can help each other and I think he’ll be great for the team. We can help him develop and gain more confidence.
“He’s got a great kicking game, as well as a strong running game and a very good passing game, so he possesses a lot of quality attributes that will complement us as a team.”