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10th July 2018, 17:54 | Hull

Griffin pens new deal with the Black & Whites

Griffin pens new deal with the Black & Whites

New two-year deal keeps Griffin at the club until the end of 2021

Josh Griffin has committed his long-term future to the Black & Whites after putting pen to paper on a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of 2021

With Sika Manu, Mark Minichiello and Jake Connor all signing extensions at the club in the last fortnight, Griffin is the latest star to sign a new deal with Hull FC.

The star centre joined the Airlie Birds at the start of the 2017 season after signing from Salford Red Devils, and has already gone on to make close to 50 appearances under head coach Lee Radford.

Despite being sidelined with a knee injury since May's Magic Weekend victory over Hull Kingston Rovers, Griffin, who was originally out of contract at the end of next season, has been one of the stand-out performers amongst the Hull FC squad in 2018.

The 28-year old former Wakefield, Huddersfield and Castleford man spoke to after signing his new deal with the club, and explained his excitement to be remaining at the club for the foreseeable future. 

"I'm massively pleased to get the deal done. Being out of contract at the end of next year, it's not something that I was necessarily expecting but the club have approached me and I'm happy to sign.

"It's nice to see the club show faith in me and that they want to keep me here on a long-term basis. We're building a good culture here, and that can be seen by all the players who are extending their contracts.

"We're a close-knit group, and for everyone to be sticking around together is massive for what we're aiming to achieve."

And Griffin is keen to return to action in the coming weeks and wants to rediscover the form of his early season performances.

"It's been tough sat on the sidelines, especially knowing the whole squad has been struggling for numbers in the last few months.

"But I worked really at the start of this year on trying to find some good form, and hopefully I can do that again when i get back out there."

And with Grffin featuring both in the back-row and on the wing as well his natural centre position during the 2018 campaign, Griffin says he is open to playing in different positions as his career moves forward.

"I'm happy to play wherever I'm needed. Thankfully I have the attributes to play in several different positions.

"It would take a few years to adapt to play in the back-row for example every week, but it's something I'm open to in the future if that's the path my career takes."

Speaking on the new deal, head coach Lee Radford added: "It's another contract extension and another one I'm really happy to have completed.

"This year in particular, Josh's form has been fantastic and he's been a really top recruit since joining from Salford last season.

"He's a player that is only going to get better during his time at the club, and I feel he's not far away from international recognition now."

And Radford explained how Griffin's fine form in 2018 has raised interest from other Super League clubs.

"Interest from other clubs is what kick started the talks, so we wanted to show how much faith and trust we have in him to make sure he knew he's a big part of what we want to achieve moving forward.

"He was our most consistent performer before he got injured, so I hope he can hit the ground running again when he returns."

With Griffin becoming the latest in a long list of players to re-sign new contracts with the Black & Whites in 2018, Radford explained how a low player turnover is key to the success the club want to achieve in the next few years.

"It's important to us to keep our turnover of players low. We made the decision that we want to retain instead of recruit, because we're really happy with the team we have at the moment.

"I'm pretty sure when we get our best seventeen players on the field, which Josh is one of, we're as good as anyone in the competition."