Tom Briscoe's agent 'happy with Hull FC offer'
HULL FC are hoping England winger Tom Briscoe will sign an extended deal with the club ahead of the new Super League season.
It follows positive talks between director of rugby Shaun McRae and Briscoe's agent in Australia in recent days.
The 22-year-old, who is entering the final year of his current contract at the KC Stadium, has long been linked with a move to the NRL.
But having promised to do all they can to keep him in East Yorkshire – including offering 'huge amounts of money' – Hull have now presented their player with a formal offer, and expect a decision early in the new year.
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"I've now met with Tom Briscoe's manager and made a formal offer for Tom to stay at the club," McRae told the Mail.
"Tom's agent appeared happy with the offer and the talks were very positive.
"He has the formal offer now for us to retain Tom's services and now we will have to wait and see what transpires.
"In the words of Tom's agent, he said he'd like it sorted before the start of the season and I would be happy with that."
An issue which Hull have long been keen to resolve, Briscoe's future has been the subject of much debate since he admitted wanting to test himself in Australia.
In the last off-season, he made a trip Down Under to examine the possibilities over a switch to the NRL and take a tour of a number of clubs.
He then employed Australian-based sports management agency Titan Management, headed by David Riolo, to oversee his affairs.
Briscoe has carefully kept his options open, and when interviewed by the Mail last month, said he was fully aware the next 12 months would be the biggest of his career so far.
The winger has been at the KC Stadium since signing from Featherstone Lions as a schoolboy, growing into one of the Black and Whites' key players in recent years.
With coach Peter Gentle intent on building a side capable of becoming Super League champions in the next two years, the retention of Briscoe would be a huge, and perhaps, unexpected boost.
He has proved a key part of Hull's squad in recent seasons, and while McRae wouldn't go into details of the sort of contract offered to Briscoe, it is understood that it is a deal reflecting his importance to the team, effectively giving him star-player status going forward.
Having played for England this Autumn, Briscoe is not due to return to Hull training until after Christmas and is currently still on holiday.
McRae believes the winger will use this time to decide where he wants to play in 2014 and beyond and says he expects a decision early next year.
"Tom and his manager will go away now and talk about the offer and he'll consider it over time," added McRae.
"Tom is going away for a couple of weeks and I don't expect to hear anything until early next year, so we'll leave the offer with them and wait and see."