Hull FC have signed Tongan international Manu Ma’u from the Paramatta Eels on a two-year deal starting next season.
The 30-year-old forward, who has also represented New Zealand at an international level, is widely regarded as one of the most fearsome forwards in the NRL.
“I’m hugely excited for the challenge. I’ve read so much about Super League and about Hull FC itself, particularly about the passionate fans over there, so I can’t wait to make the move,” Ma’u said on the club website.
“It’s taken a couple of months to get over the line. My manager kept telling there was interest from the club so it took me a bit of time to make the decision, speaking to my wife and family to think about what was best for me. Having a young family with a wife and three kids, it was important they were happy with the decision, and they were. We’re all thrilled.
“I’m at a stage now where I want to challenge myself overseas and move out of my comfort zone. Hull have given me that chance.
“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.”
✍️ Are you ready? 'The Tongan Terminator' is coming!
Hull FC are delighted to confirm the signing of Tongan international Manu Ma'u from Parramatta Eels on an initial two-year deal from the 2020 season!
— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) July 8, 2019