Hull FC have confirmed the MAGNIFICENT signing of Tongan back-rower Manu Ma’u from Paramatta Eels on a two-year deal.
Make no mistake this is a huge signing, with Ma’u probably being the only bloke on this planet scarier than Sika Manu. It’s a coup not only for Hull, but the Super League comp too.
Ma’u is 30-years-old, and the Black and Whites have beaten off competition from both the NRL and Super League to sign him.
The back rower has featured for New Zealand and Tonga at international level, having spent his entire club career at Parramatta.
Speaking on his move to Hull FC, Ma’u said: “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.
“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
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Hull FC Chief Executive, James Clark, also added: “This is not just a statement signing for Hull FC, but also for Super League and it highlights the real depth of overseas and domestic talent we will have in our competition next season.
“Manu and Alisi [wife] have been a pleasure to deal with throughout this lengthy process and their genuine excitement to join our club is infectious.
“I’d like to thank Tyran Smith [agent] for his extremely professional approach in helping us make this move a reality. We are looking forward to Manu joining us next season.”
Ma’u becomes Hull FC’s fourth signing for 2020, adding to Josh Jones, Adam Swift and Mahe Fonua.