Tom Briscoe's Hull FC future still in the balance as McRae dismissed Cronulla Sharks 'rumours'
SHAUN McRae says reports suggesting Tom Briscoe has signed for Cronulla Sharks are nothing but rumours.
The winger continues to be linked with a switch to the NRL, a move Hull are preparing themselves for should Briscoe opt to not sign a lucrative three-year deal they have offered.
Speculation surrounding Briscoe's future intensified over the weekend, with suggestions a deal at the Sharks had been agreed.
But McRae is confident Briscoe will be true to his word and will inform the Black and Whites when he has made a decision either way.
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Having heard nothing from the player or his agent, McRae has suggested there is nothing in the reports and remains hopeful the 22-year-old will stay at the KC Stadium.
"Our offer remains open to Tom and we agreed we'd be open with each other," McRae told the Mail.
"I think Tom would let us know if something had taken place and I suspect at this moment it is a bit of rumour mongering. We are hoping he will stay with us but, as we've said in the past, if he doesn't he goes with our blessing."
While Briscoe's future remains unresolved, Hull are keeping their focus on the imminent start of the Super League season.
Having lost Sunday's derby at the KC, Hull were expecting to head to the army base at Catterick this week for a three-day training camp.
The bad weather and heavy snow in north Yorkshire has forced those plans to be abandoned, with Hull now opting to stay at home as they search for suitable venues to train.
Hull were forced to cancel their planned squad photo shoot on the KC Stadium pitch and recovery day at training yesterday, with their West Yorkshire-based players told to stay at home rather than risk making a journey in bad weather.
Admitting the lack of training last week was evident in Hull's derby display, McRae says the current cold snap is frustrating for all involved.
"The trip to Catterick has unfortunately been cancelled and it is something we will review during the season if a window of opportunity presents itself," he added.
"The weather is making things difficult, but that is the same for everyone and we just have to get on with it.
"We are trying to find locations for the boys to train, but that is not easy and many of the indoor facilities don't have the size required.
"It's not ideal and I think that was evident from the game on Sunday, but we'll work around it."
HULL expect Sunday's final pre-season friendly game at York City Knights to go ahead (3pm).