Sika Manu on his new deal, Hull FC supporters and Lee Radford

Following on from a surge of new player deals, Sika Manu has now signed a new deal at Hull FC.

Manu’s new one year contract will keep him at the club until the end of 2019, with his signature arguably the most sought after this season.

Still one of the most potent back rowers in the comp, Manu will miss the next three matches due to suspensions, but will return for the Hull Derby at the end of the month.

“Me and my family are really happy to have secured my future for 2019,” Manu told the clubs official website.

“This club is in a great place at the moment and I believe we’re in a good position to continue our progression over the next few years and get to a Grand Final.

“This city has been great for us. We love it here in Hull – the people are really friendly, particularly the Hull FC supporters. It has definitely played a role in my decision.”

Its not uncommon to see a Hull FC player praise the coach Lee Radford either, with Manu continuing the trend.

“Lee is a brilliant coach. Some coaches beat around the bush a little bit, but he tells you how it is, and that’s really what you need as a player,” Manu explained.

“He’s been great for the club, and for me personally too. His knowledge of the game is brilliant and he’s give me some really good guidance at times.

Radford meanwhile said, “I’m delighted to have Sika tied down for next season. You see Sika’s value when he’s on the field for us.

“He’ll be disappointed to have not been on the field as much this year due to injuries, but hopefully he’ll have a good run until the end of the season.

“He was a quality addition when he arrived back in 2016. He’s a no nonsense forward who is very aware of his own game and doesn’t need much interference from us as coaches.

“He sets his own standards and doesn’t need reminding when he doesn’t hit them because they’re very high.

“He has still got the aspirations to compete and be successful at the highest level, so to fend off serious competition for his services from the NRL is really pleasing.”

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