Tom Briscoe's agent ready to talk on new Hull FC deal
HULL FC have agreed to meet the agent of winger Tom Briscoe to open talks over possibly extending his deal at the club.
It comes on the back of promises from owner Adam Pearson to do all he can to prevent the England star leaving for the NRL.
Hull have long feared Briscoe will leave at the end of next season, when his current deal with the club expires.
However, positive movement was made this week as Briscoe's management agreed to meet FC's director of rugby Shaun McRae in Australia.
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McRae admits Hull face a fight to hold on to the young star, but he told the Mail the club will use the opportunity to put the very best offer on the table.
"This club will leave no stone unturned in an effort to keep hold of Tom Briscoe," McRae told the Mail.
"I've sought permission from Tom to speak to his agent when I fly out to Australia and Tom is very comfortable with that. We want Tom to stay beyond next year.
"What I'd like to do is put an offer to his agent and we will see what happens after that.
"When you have a player of any standard that you want to keep you have to be absolutely sure you have left no stone unturned in trying to keep him.
"If you don't keep that player, as has happened recently to us, you can at least then hold your head high and say you've done everything you could.
"If the player chooses to go somewhere else, that's his choice, but what we need to do is make sure we let the player know how valuable he is and that we want Tom to be part of this club."
Briscoe is represented by Australian-based sports agency Titan Management, headed by David Riolo. Having already expressed a desire to make a switch to the NRL at some stage in his career, the winger spent a fact-finding break Down Under last year, when he visited a number of clubs.
Despite those moves, no offer was forthcoming last year for the 22-year-old, although McRae accepts they are more likely now the player is entering the final year of his contract.
And while the anti-tampering deadline prevents players from signing for rival Super League teams, Briscoe could agree a deal with an NRL side for 2014 before the start of the new campaign.
"This year coming is completely different to the last 12 months in terms of Tom's situation," McRae said.
"We wouldn't allow him out of his contract last year without a reason and Tom understood that," he said.
"Nobody came in and made an offer to take him and offered compensation and therefore it became a moot issue.
"This year is different though as we all know Tom is coming out of contract at the end of 2013 and he's entitled to look around and make a decision without any complications in terms of compensation payments.
"We'll make our case, but ultimately it is Tom's decision."