Hull FC have confirmed that overseas pair Jordan Rankin and Setaimata Sa will be released at the end of the season as part of a shake-up of Lee Radford’s squad.

Stand-off or full-back Rankin, who joined the club from Gold Coast Titans two years ago, is expected to return home after Radford announced that Jamie Shaul will be his first-choice full-back in 2016.
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“Jordan has been a fantastic acquisition for the club and an absolute pleasure to coach while he has been here,” Radford said. “When he was brought in, it was a bit of a punt bringing him over but I think he has shown his true qualities this season at full-back.

“He has had some good performances both in the halves and full-back, but with Jamie Shaul on a long-term contract, competition in the halves and understandable salary cap pressures that all clubs face, we have to be realistic about the future and the make-up of our squad.

“He leaves with our best wishes and I know he is determined to finish his time here on a high.”

Sa, the former Catalans Dragons centre or second rower who joined Hull from London Irish 18 months ago, will also leave the club when his contract expires in November.

“Setaimata has had some really great games for us and it’s been great to have him here for the last 18 months,” Radford said.

“Our retention and recruitment so far shows we’re heading in a slightly different direction, but like Jordan, should we have infinite cap space and quota spots then we would retain him in our squad at the drop of a hat.

“He is a model professional and a great guy to have around the club and I know wherever he ends up they’ll have picked up a great signing.”