Hull FC coach Brett Hodgson has confirmed that marquee half-back Josh Reynolds is set to leave the club with immediate effect.
The 33-year-old joined the Black and Whites on a two-year deal ahead of the 2021 season, with the option of a third in the club’s favour.
Reynolds’ time at FC is now set for an abrupt end. Hodgson confirmed the club are finalising an agreement with his representatives over an immediate release.
The Australian half-back made 25 appearances for Hull, scoring seven tries.
Hodgson said: “There has been a conversation with Josh and his management from our club. We’re at the stage where we are in discussions to reach a mutually beneficial deal for both parties. We’ll know more over the next 48 hours I’d imagine in terms of clarity.
“I think both parties would have wanted a little bit more. I think Josh came over with the right intent and he tried hard but unfortunately it is just not working at the minute.
“We are at an important time of the season to make a decision and we’ve made the decision now. The conversations are ongoing with his management, himself and our club and when thats finalised we’ll make sure we do the right thing.
“It just hasn’t worked out how we all would have liked”
“Confidence is a big factor when anyone is playing. I think Josh lost a bit of confidence after some injuries and I don’t believe he was playing his best footy. I think he’ll admit that as well.
“It is a very tough sport. You have to make sure you are playing your best footy to maintain your positions and maintain form. For various reasons there were some tough challenges that he faced; and unfortunately it looks like that time has come to an end.”
Brett Hodgson says they are looking for Josh Reynolds replacements
The Hull boss added: “I’ve always said that I want to promote from within but that doesn’t mean we won’t look for a replacement though.
“We would like to bring in someone if they are going to add quality; and if they can continue to help us to get to where we want to get to.”