Scott Prince ready to commit to three-year deal with Hull FC
SCOTT Prince is willing to walk out of his contract with Gold Coast to join Hull FC next season, the Mail can reveal.
The Black and Whites have put a three-year deal on the table for the 32-year-old Titans captain to leave the NRL for Super League.
And the Mail understands a deal looks certain to be signed and sealed this weekend, when he meets FC coach Peter Gentle face to face,
Hull's attempts to keep the name of their top half-back target quiet were blown open yesterday when the Aussie club chose to reveal their captain was being courted.
It was a move which appeared to suggest the Titans fear they will be unable to convince their star to stay.
Sources in Australia also told the Mail they believed the deal was all but done, having been ongoing for close to a month.
It is thought Prince may already have agreed basic terms on his deal with Hull, and his meeting with Gentle will be a matter of formalities and finer details.
"Gentle is flying out to meet Scott at the weekend and by all accounts it is simply a case of finalising the deal," the source told the Mail.
"Talks have been ongoing for some time and Hull have made it quite clear they are desperate for Scott's signature. He has been their top priority for a while."
Prince boasts an impressive record playing at the very highest level and has made 124 appearances for his current club.
He boasts 278 NRL appearances in a career that started in 1998 with North Queensland, and included spells at Brisbane and Wests.
He still has a year remaining on his current contract.
However, unlikely to win another long-term deal in the NRL beyond his current contract, the three-year offer from Hull looks enough to tempt him to the UK.
The capture of an NRL captain would be the biggest indication yet of the ambition held by FC owner Adam Pearson.
He has openly talked about the need to bring in a quality scrum-half to play alongside Daniel Holdsworth, and Prince's arrival would surely mark the end of Brett Seymour's time at the KC Stadium.
"We can confirm there is an offer on the table for Princey. He's got to work through that and we'll work through it with him," said Gold Coast's football manager Scott Clark.
"At the moment we've had no discussions with him. We'd have to see what Scott thinks is best for him and his future and weigh up some options.
"If Scott is keen to entertain that offer and seek a release then we've got to work through it from there."
"With all our players, if they put the effort in and are loyal to the club we'll always be loyal to them," added Titans' boss David May.
"If it was down to me, I'd have him stay but it's a short career and we'll let him decide what he wants to do.
"It's Scott's decision. He's a foundation player and captain of the club.
"He's been instrumental in creating the Titans brand. He came to the club and made us what we are."
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