Hull FC have announced the signing of Tevita Satae, who joins the club with immediate effect.
The Tongan forward arrives at the Airlie Birds from NRL side New Zealand Warriors, where he played the last few years having come through the ranks at Penrith Panthers.
Satae is 26-years-old, and is known as a prolific line breaker having impressed in the Canterbury Cup this year.
Satae is the clubs fifth new signing for 2020, joining fellow Tongans Mahe Fonua and Manu Ma’u, and Super League recruits Josh Jones and Adam Swift, yet unlike the previous four, he is in Hull now and available to play for the rest of 2019.
The forward was contracted at the Auckland based side for another two years, but he bought into the Hull FC regime, and a squad that is looking every bit capable of being contenders for silverware once again.
“I’m pretty stoked to be joining the club,” Satae told the clubs official website. “I’m joining at the time where the club is going really well and I’m delighted to be joining a great group of blokes.
“After speaking to the club and the coach, it is clear I share their ambition. I’m here to win trophies, that is ultimately my aim. I know they have a few trophies under their belt in recent years and I want to be a part of a side that is getting to finals.
“This is a real chance to challenge myself. I don’t feel I have been given that opportunity yet so I’m determined to push on to the next level with Hull FC – I’m here to put my best foot forward and give everything for this great club.”
Satae is Tongan-born and made a total of 15 NRL appearances for the Warriors. He’s been blowing up trees in Reserve grade, as current players Carlos Tuimavave and Bureta Faraimo did before him.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford, who is obviously delighted with the signing, said: “I watch a lot of New South Wales Cup matches, and he was a player who caught my eye.
“I was really impressed with his performances and after we did a little bit of background research on him, he seemed to fit the bill as to what we’ve been looking for.
“He’s your typical Polynesian front-rower. He has a real petrol engine and his metres are phenomenal, he carries the football with real strength. We’re hoping he can bring that to us on a weekly basis.
“He will add some size and aggression to our pack and it is a timely boost to get him over for the rest of the season as we push for a play-off spot.”
As mentioned, Satae becomes Hull’s fifth new recruit for next season, with the squad shaping up nicely.
There’s rumours Ligi Sao will join the club as well in an impressive and formidable looking pack.
“I’m really pleased with how we’re shaping up for 2020,” Radford added. “Our recruitment has been good so far and we have managed to secure the targets we set out to get despite plenty of competition, which is a credit to the club.”
Satae will wear the number 39 jersey.