Hull FC director of rugby Shaun McRae has confirmed that he will depart the club after the climax of the current season. 

53-year-old Australian McRae, who re-joined Hull prior to the start of the Super League season after leaving his role as Salford head coach in April, will return to his homeland after extended consultations with his family. 

McRae told the club's official website: "It's a decision I have thought long and hard about and taken account the feelings of my wife and my family, although I do leave with a very heavy heart.

"Hull FC always has and always will be a very special club for me, not just from my time as coach all those years ago, but more latterly as Director of Rugby, a role I have thoroughly enjoyed and rekindled some old friendships that will be lasting ones."

McRae will be hoping for a fairytale ending to his stay at the KC Stadium as Hull advanced to the final of the Tetley's Challenge Cup Final with a hard-fought 16-12 victory over defending champions Warrington. 

They are set to face daunting opposition in the showpiece Wembley event, with the rampant Wigan Warriors having ruthlessly disposed of London Broncos 70-0. 

"I can't think of a better tome to leave the club on the back of a Challenge Cup final victory at Wembley, which is a reward for everybody's hard work over the last couple of years," he added. "I know it is only the start of a special era for Hull FC and one that I am pleased to have been able to play a small part in."

McRae will also hope his side can keep up their decent form in the Super League, and cause an upset in the end-of-season play-offs.


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