Steve Michaels insists there will be no hard feelings when he leaves rugby league Challenge Cup winners Hull FC at the end of the season.
The 29-year-old Australian winger has been a permanent fixture for Lee Radford’s side in their best-ever season of Super League but is out of contract and has not been offered a new deal.
Michaels, formerly with Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Titans, was something of an unknown quantity when he signed for the Black and Whites two years ago, initially on a 12-month deal.
But he did enough in his first season at the KCOM Stadium to earn another contract and has missed only six of Hull’s 30 matches to play a key role in their breakthrough year.
Michaels was in the side that ended the club’s long wait for a Wembley victory on Saturday and is hoping to help them achieve another first by maintaining their lead at the top of Super League, starting with Friday’s top-four clash at St Helens, which will help take his mind off an uncertain future.
“Honestly I’ve got no idea about what’s going to happen,” he said. “It was getting to me a little bit, thinking about it, but I’ve got this focus on finishing the year off well.
“Winning at Wembley was my goal, my focus was definitely to win a trophy, and hopefully I’ll have a crack at another one.
“There’s no bitter feelings about leaving. They’ve got some young guys like Curtis Naughton and Callum Lancaster so there’s no disappointment at all. I’ve some fond memories of Hull.”
Hull have also signed Huddersfield’s versatile outside back Jake Connor which would have pushed Michaels further down the pecking order in 2017.
Michaels naturally feels he has much more to offer but knows another Super League club would have to find an overseas quota spot for him and there has so far been no interest from back home.
But his next destination was not a pressing issue as Michaels celebrated Hull’s gripping 12-10 Cup win over Warrington.
“I’m on a high now,” he said. “I feel like I can keep playing. I’d definitely like to stay in Super League if possible but I understand the position, as an Australian I take up a quota spot.
“It will sort itself out.”