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Hull FC sign Tongan international Manu Ma’u

Hull FC have signed Tongan international back-rower Manu Ma’u.

Manu Ma'u Credit: Press Association

The Black & Whites signed the 30-year old from Paramatta Eels on an initial two-year deal.

Ma’u has also represented New Zealand at international level.

The Kiwi-born star started his career in the game with New Zealand Warriors’ reserve-grade side Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup in 2009, before heading to the Eels reserve side Wentworthville Magpies.

Ma’u made his senior debut in the NRL in 2014, and was named in the Kiwi Test squad for the first-time the following season.

He would go on to feature six times for his homeland, including all five matches of the 2016 Four Nations in the UK, before switching allegiance to Tonga ahead of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Ma’u would similarly feature in every game of the side’s historic run to the semi-finals of the competition, alongside the likes of Jason Taumalolo and Sika Manu.

During six seasons with the Eels he has made over 100 NRL appearances, earning their coveted Ken Thornett Medal as their Player of the Season in 2016.

Credit: Press Association

“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. “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.”

– Manu Ma’u
Credit: Press Association

“I’m really pleased to get such a quality signing in Manu over the line. To get that level of player in our competition, at the peak of his career is a real coup for the club.

“I’ve only heard good things about him on and off the field. I’m sure his no-nonsense style of play will make him a firm fans-favourite when he arrives.

“Manu has a real toughness in his game which I really admire.”

– Hull FC head coach Lee Radford