Mark Minichiello

Hull FC have secured their third signing ahead of the 2015 season with a move for the vastly experienced Gold Coast Titans back rower Mark Minichiello on a two-year deal.

The 32-year old has agreed deal to join the Airlie Birds for the start of the 2015 campaign, making the Italian international the third player to switch to the KC Stadium, following half backs Marc Sneyd and Leon Pryce.

Minichiello, much like the latter, brings with him a wealth of experience to a young looking Black and Whites squad, having played over 250 appearances during his thirteen seasons in the NRL.

Since leaving the Sydney Roosters, the club he made his professional debut for in 2002, the back rower enjoyed a successful spell at city rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs, scoring 16 tries in his 85 appearances.

Joining the Gold Coast Titans in their inaugural season back in 2007, Minichiello has made more appearances than any other player for the Queensland outfit, scoring an impressive 124 points in 160 games which earned him international recognition for Italy at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, as well playing five straight City Origin series between 2007 and 2011.

Speaking to Hull FC Live, Minichiello said, “It is going to be a new challenge for me and I am really looking forward to it I can’t wait to get over there and experience a different league.

“It was a big decision, I have been in the NRL for thirteen seasons now and have played over 250 games here but I think it was maybe just the right time for me to make the change and I guess accept a new challenge.

“I have always had dreams of playing in the Super League, and when this deal and opportunity came about, I just thought it was the right time to jump in and experience something new.”