The rumour mill is continuing to churn this morning as Hull FC have been linked with Wakefield winger Ben Jones Bishop. It is muted that Hull are looking to secure a replacement for Mahe Fonua should he head back to the NRL next season.
After we reported last night that West’s Tigers are lining up Widnes Viking’s winger Corey Thompson for next season it appears that rumours of Mahe Fonua leaving Hull FC won’t go away. It appeared that with Thompson potentially arriving and David Nofoaluma tied down to along term deal the Tigers wouldn’t have been able to allocate a space for all three players in their squad.
News is now emerging however that Ivan Cleary the Tiger’s coach is spending big money to rebuild his squad after the announcements that several key players would be leaving including Aaron Woods, James Tedesco and Mitchell Moses. This has freed up plenty of salary cap space for Cleary and he is eager to spend the cash to make West Tiger’s challengers again.
According to the chief NRL reporter for Fox Sports Australia, James Hooper, West’s have secured deals for both Corey Thompson and Mahe Fonua for 2018 with Fonua set to be utilised as a centre. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen as it wasn’t long ago that Fox Sports were reporting that Albert Kelly was heading back down under in 2018. Nevertheless Hull appear to be preparing for the worst as the League Express newspaper is reporting that Hull are targeting Wakefield winger Ben Jones Bishop as a replacement for Fonua.
BJB is 28 so he is at the peak of his career and he is enjoying an excellent season with the resurgent Wildcat’s. He has been linked with Hull before but the former Leeds Rhino’s star instead joined Wakefield where he has developed as a player and this is starting to bare fruit this season as he has scored some exceptional tries. Whether he makes the move to Hull next season remains to be seen but more will be known soon as the anti-tampering deadline passes in a few weeks allowing clubs to talk to potential new players for 2018.
Elsewhere it is being reported that Steve Michaels is unlikely to secure another new deal for next season despite a consistent run in the side recently.