O'Meley extends Hull stay

Hull have given a new 12-month contract to former Australian Test prop Mark O'Meley.

The 31-year-old former Sydney Roosters forward, now in his third season at the KC Stadium, was expected to leave the club when his current deal expires at the end of the play-offs.

O'Meley made just one substitute appearance in four months in mid-season because of injury but has played a key role in Hull's late-season surge to earn a new deal.

"Having maybe not played the number of games both the club and the player would have liked this year, we threw down the gauntlet to Mark earlier in the season to show us he was worthy of a new contract and I think he has certainly delivered," said coach Peter Gentle.

"He's now had a month back playing after injury and is starting to show he is more than capable of playing at this level and he'll only continue to improve the more games he gets under his belt."

O'Meley, who will make his 62nd appearance in Sunday's play-off against Huddersfield, said: "I had some decisions to make as we came towards the end of the season, which included the potential to head home with the family, but it just didn't seem like the right time to be leaving.

"Other clubs made offers too but I'm settled here. I enjoy playing for the club and I'm really excited about what the future holds."