Hull FC believe Danny Tickle will sign a new deal for The Black and Whites despite him still not having signed a contract which was offered nearly a year ago.

Widnes Vikings are rumoured to interested in signing the 29-year-old and new transfer regulations mean that he can speak to other clubs in May.

However, Hull's director of rugby Shaun McRae has claimed that they will resume contract talks in upcoming weeks.

He said to Sporting Life "Danny has had his injury and has just come back into the team and we are not at the stage of talking to him, but we will be having a conversation at some stage in the near future."

The England international joined Hull from Wigan in 2007 and has made 160 appearances for the club. Only three players in the current 25-man squad have not signed a contract for next season with Tickle being one of them.

Danny Houghton, Richard Horne, Kirk Yeaman and Tom Lineham have all agreed deals under Hull's new business approach and McRae feels it will be a benefit for coach Peter Gentle.

He said: "There has been a lot of change since Peter came to the club and what we want now is stability and continuity.

"I'm not saying we will have the philosophy of no changes and we will make some changes, but what we also want is stability and to stop chopping and changing.

"Peter has faith in the squad he's put together, there won't be a lot of movement this year, some, but not a lot."

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