Richie Myler has been named as Hull FC’s new director of rugby after he announced his retirement as a player with York Knights.

Betfred Championship side York confirmed half-back Myler had retired after struggling to recover from elbow surgery. That was soon followed by the Betfred Super League club Hull FC announcing the 33-year-old had signed a three-year deal in the role with them.

Myler’s position will involve him overseeing all on-field performance aspects of the senior and academy teams, including rugby operations, recruitment, and the management of the club’s coaching staff.

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“I would like to say thank you to York Knights and especially [club chairman] Clint Goodchild for the recent opportunity the club gave to me and in understanding and supporting the reasons for my departure to take on the role of director of rugby at Hull FC,” Myler said.

“Rugby league has been my life since being four years old. However, with a few unfortunate injuries in the last nine months and the sudden opportunity that has arisen to work with Adam Pearson at Hull FC is simply an opportunity too exciting to turn down.”

Myler, who represented both England and Ireland at international level during his career, had successful five-year spells with Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos in Super League.

He also represented Widnes Viking, Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons before he joined York last November on a one-year deal.

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Picture by Allan McKenzie/ - 13/01/2024 - Rugby League - York Knights Media Day, LNER Community Stadium, York, England - Richie Myler.
Image:Richie Myler had been with York since signing a one-year deal last November

Myler’s appointment comes after Hull FC parted company with Tony Smith and assistant Stanley Gene last week, having won only one of their first seven Super League games in 2024 and he is already involved in the process of appointing a replacement.

“He brings vast experience from a successful playing career and has demonstrated a clear hunger and ambition to be successful in his new off-field career,” Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson said of Myler.

“He has already got to work at the club with our coaching staff and players, and is actively involved in the process to find our next head coach. We are excited to see the contribution he can make to Hull FC.”

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