Hull FC will keep targeting top stars, says Adam Pearson, as Scott Prince signs for Brisbane Broncos
HULL FC owner Adam Pearson says the club will continue pursuing the 'highest quality' players after missing out on Aussie Scott Prince.
The Black and Whites' owner was left disappointed when Prince – who had agreed to a three-year deal at the KC Stadium – pulled out of the move at the final hour.
It came after a 'massive offer' was put on the table for Prince, who has confirmed he is staying in Queensland with Brisbane Broncos.
Pearson didn't try to hide his disappointment, but said there is always a danger when chasing players of such quality and profile.
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"We managed to keep negotiations under the radar for three weeks until it came out in the media, and that always makes things more difficult as it alerts other clubs," Pearson told the Mail.
"It is disappointing as we had a deal all agreed with Scott, and with Gold Coast, and then at the 48th hour a massive bid comes in from an NRL club that he simply couldn't turn down.
"Unfortunately, given the salary cap is much bigger in the NRL than Super League, when this happens, we just can't compete with the money that can be offered in Australia.
"It was still a big deal that we offered, and I genuinely believe that Scott was keen to come here and join us, and was excited by the prospect.
"Our deal was probably over a longer period, but once this new deal in the NRL was offered, the player can't be blamed for taking it,"
Pearson, who has now seen two high-profile half-back bids fall flat after an unsuccessful attempt to sign Castleford's Rangi Chase, says disappointment is something you have to deal with when chasing top class stars.
"That's the nature of sport, but we'll keep looking for players of the highest quality and I am confident we can still bring somebody in over the next four weeks."
Prince, who has signed a two-year deal with Brisbane, said he was "stoked" to be staying in Queensland after "a difficult two weeks".