Hull FC Trio pen new 2 year deals

Hull FC are delighted to confirm the signings of Chris Chester, Graeme Horne and Kirk Dixon who have extended their stay at the KC Stadium for a further two years.

Second rower Chester originally signed for the club back in 2002 and was captain of England Schools before he signed professional terms with Halifax Blue Sox.

The 26 year-old is currently out of action with a shoulder injury but is hoping to be back on the field for the Powergen Challenge Cup quarter final clash against Leigh on Saturday 25 June.

20 year-old Horne is a young player with plenty of potential and also played his part in the historic win for England Academy against the Australian Schoolboys in 2002.

Horne has made over 40 appearances for the Black and Whites since making his debut back in 2003 against Sheffield in the Powergen Challenge Cup where he crossed for two tries.

Centre Dixon was starring at Hull Ionians RUFC before he switched codes to the Black and Whites and made his Super League debut in Hull?s 38-24 defeat of Wakefield last August.

He came off the bench in last Friday?s defeat at Headingley and the goal kicking 20 year-old looks to have a big future in Rugby League with the Black and Whites.

David Plummer, chief executive of Hull FC, said: ?The board believes that we have to balance the constraints of the salary cap with improvements to the squad whilst creating opportunities for some of our young exciting prospects to progress.

?As a consequence our strategy recognises continuity rather than major change so the re-signing of these three players with Jamie Thackray and Gareth Raynor in the last few weeks is very pleasing.

?In addition the club have made an offer to Paul Cooke which he is currently considering that would extend his employment with Hull FC to over ten years, giving him an entitlement to a well deserved testimonial.?