Hull FC keen to wrap up Danny Tickle's new deal
HULL FC will sit down with Danny Tickle in the next few weeks to discuss a contract offer that has remained unsigned for almost a year.
The Black and Whites made it public they opened negotiations with Tickle in April last year, speaking to then captain Andy Lynch at the same time.
Lynch's deal was agreed immediately, but 11 months later Tickle's proposed new contract remains on the table, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
New transfer regulations mean the second row can start officially negotiating with clubs as of May 1, leaving a little over a month for Hull to get any deal finalised before others show their hand.
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"Danny has had his injury and has just come back into the team and we are not at the stage of talking to Danny, but we will be having a conversation at some stage in the near future," revealed director of rugby Shaun McRae.
Hull are eager to keep hold of Tickle, who is known to have attracted the interest of Widnes Vikings.
Tickle's failure to sign a deal is nothing new, with the player having previously waited until late in the year in the past to agree a contract.
Hull owner Adam Pearson told a fans' forum in January, Tickle had family issues to consider which could affect his decision.
The England international is one of just three players in Hull's top 25 yet to sign on for 2014 and beyond as the club look to get their squad for next year put to bed early.
Tom Briscoe and Ben Galea are the only remaining Hull players with their futures unresolved, with Mark O'Meley having already announced he will retire at the end of the season.
Briscoe continues to look at his options in Australia, with the safety net of a substantial contract at Hull waiting for him, while Galea is expected to make a decision later in the year on whether he will continue.
It's in stark contrast to recent seasons for FC to have their business done so early, with the likes of Tom Lineham, Kirk Yeaman, Danny Houghton and Richard Horne agreeing new deals.
McRae says the change in approach will allow coach Peter Gentle the necessary stability to grow a team and as well as keeping hold of their talent, he's anticipating few changes.
"There has been a lot of change since Peter came to the club and what we want now is stability and continuity," added McRae.
"I'm not saying we will have the philosophy of no changes and we will make some changes, but what we also want is stability and to stop chopping and changing.
"Peter has faith in the squad he's put together, there won't be a lot of movement this year, some, but not a lot."