Pearson: Danny Tickle will stay at Hull FC
OWNER Adam Pearson has reassured fans Danny Tickle will be a Hull FC player in 2013.
Tickle has been subject to speculation regarding his future with a contract extension sitting unsigned for months.
The 29-year-old second row sees his current deal finish at the end of next year, with Hull eager to tie the England international to a long-term contract.
The impending arrival of Hull KR captain Ben Galea and links to young Bradford Bulls star John Bateman have only served to increase speculation Hull may cash in now on Tickle, with Widnes known admirers and willing to pay a transfer fee.
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But Pearson has rubbished those reports and insists one of Hull's best players won't be leaving anytime soon.
"Danny Tickle is not going anywhere and he'll be a Hull FC player next year," Pearson told the Mail.
"He's happy at Hull and is happy to stay at the club and he will definitely be here next season."
The news will come as a huge relief to Hull, who are already losing Willie Manu to St Helens. Back-row international star Gareth Ellis will arrive next season to add further quality to Hull's pack, but the retention of Tickle is a huge signal of intent, as Hull could ill-afford to lose both this season's starting second-rowers.
Tickle has been a consistent performer since arriving from Wigan at the start of the 2007 season and will now extend his stay to a seventh season at the Black and Whites.
Tickle's offer of a contract extension remains on the table and Pearson says it is a matter that he will speak to the player about in the future.
He added: "I'm sure we will discuss an extension to his deal, but the important thing is he's here for 2013 for definite."