Hull FC have signed Tonga worldwide Manu Ma’u from Paramatta Eels on a two-year deal beginning subsequent season.
The 30-year-old, who has additionally represented New Zealand, has remodeled 100 NRL appearances for the Eels since making his senior debut in 2014, incomes the Ken Thornett Medal because the membership’s participant of the season in 2016.
Ma’u will now be part of up with Tonga team-mate Mahe Fonua and former Grand Last winners Josh Jones and Adam Swift on the KCOM Stadium subsequent season.
“I’m hugely excited for the challenge,” Ma’u stated. “I’ve learn a lot about Tremendous League and about Hull FC itself, notably concerning the passionate followers over there, so I cannot wait to make the transfer.
“It is taken a few months to recover from the road. My supervisor stored telling there was curiosity from the membership so it took me a little bit of time to make the choice, chatting with my spouse and household to consider what was finest for me.
“Having a younger household with a spouse and three children, it was necessary they had been pleased with the choice, and so they had been. We’re all thrilled.
“I’m at a stage now the place I need to problem myself abroad and transfer out of my consolation zone. Hull have given me that probability.
“I’ve spoken to a few players I know well about the club. I keep up with Mahe Fonua from my time playing for Tonga, as well as Sika Manu and Bureta Faraimo who I know too, and they couldn’t speak highly enough about the club. That made me only more eager to join the club.”
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford stated: “I’m actually happy to get such a high quality signing in Manu over the road. To get that degree of participant in our competitors, on the peak of his profession is an actual coup for the membership.
“I’ve solely heard good issues about him on and off the sector. I’m positive his no-nonsense fashion of play will make him a agency fans-favourite when he arrives.
“Manu has a real toughness in his game which I really admire.”