Hull FC captain Danny Houghton has signed a two-year contract extension with his hometown club.
The long serving skipper will become one of the club’s leading appearance makers of all-time as prepares to see out his career at the KCOM Stadium until at least the end of the 2022 campaign.
Having represented the Black & Whites for fourteen seasons, Houghton has played a major role in the club’s recent success, playing in all six of the club’s semi-final appearances in league and cup since 2016.
Twice they have gone on to enjoy finals success, including Houghton’s famous last gasp tackle to clinch Hull FC’s first Challenge Cup title at Wembley Stadium – a now iconic cup moment.
That same year, he was named as the Steve Prescott Man of Steel, becoming the first Hull player to win the award.
Houghton helped the Black & Whites defend their Challenge Cup title in 2017, and the hooker’s allegiance to his boyhood club was rewarded with the captaincy from the 2018 season.
After recently clocking up his 350th Hull FC appearance, Houghton is thrilled to continue his career with the club he has supported since a young age.
Reacting to the news, Houghton said: “I’m over the moon. I’m very happy to have got the deal done and continue playing for the club I love.
“The club has always looked after me and I’m always proud to pull that jersey on. Hopefully I can continue to do that in some big games in the next couple of years, especially tomorrow.
“To get to the Grand Final would be the icing on the cake. But we know what’s in front of us tomorrow – Wigan in finals footy are up there as one of the best sides at it. But we know we are going to give it our absolute best for 80 minutes.”
Head Coach Andy Last added: “We’re really pleased to announce the extension for Danny.
“He’s a fantastic player, a great club man and a real inspirational leader for the group.
“His role has changed a little bit during my time in charge. I moved him back to the bench because of his ability to change the course of a game when he comes off the bench.
“His run threat and his footballing ability makes him a really good all-round player and we’re far better for having him in the team.”