Martin Aspinwall could stay as Hull FC look to offer new deal
HULL FC are hoping to activate a release clause in Martin Aspinwall’s deal with Leigh to allow him to stay at the KC Stadium.
Aspinwall was last week confirmed as a Leigh player after the Championship side announced his signing for next season.
However, the move annoyed the Black and Whites, as the deal includes a one-month ‘cooling off’ period in which Super League clubs can step in.
Hull are yet to activate that clause, but director of rugby Shaun McRae says they are keen to retain Aspinwall’s services, if they can fit him in their salary cap.
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“If we can find a way to keep hold of Martin then we will make him an offer to stay at the club,” McRae told the Mail.
“We haven’t offered him a contract yet, but that doesn’t mean we won’t. We are trying to work something out so we can keep Martin.
“The key thing is Martin wants to stay at the club and we’d like to keep him, we just have to try and work something out because we only get a certain amount to spend on the salary cap and we’ve brought new players in and upgraded a few others.”
Hull are close to completing their squad for the 2013 season, but are still trying to add another half-back.
McRae also revealed Ryan McGoldrick remains in touch with Hull and is still in with a chance of staying at the KC Stadium.
“Ryan arrived on a short-term deal and it was a case of him having a look to see if he liked us and vice versa as to whether we liked him,” added McRae.
“I think both parties have ticked those boxes now, but it is the same situation as Martin and it is a case of having to wait and see what we can do.
“The players both know the situation and we’ll see what we can do.”