Hull FC have announced the re-signing of Mahe Fonua on a three-year deal.
The former Hull winger or centre will return to the Airlie Birds for the 2020 season, with his current deal at West Tigers expiring at the end of the year.
Fonua has had interest on both sides of the world, but it’s Hull FC were his future will lie, a club where he became a fan favourite in 2016 and 2017.
He has spent the past two seasons at Wests, but he is currently out for the year after enduring a recent foot injury against Canberra.
The 26-year-old has made a name for himself out in Sydney with his strong running and crazy hairstyles.
Castleford also showed an interest in the powerhouse, alongside an NRL club.
Fonua scored 31 tries in 58 appearances during his first spell at Hull, and came fourth in the 2017 Super League Man of Steel voting.
Speaking to the clubs official website, “I’m really pleased to be heading back to Hull FC. Me and Lee Radford have kept in contact over the past few years while I’ve been in the NRL, so to come back to a club that I have a history with is special for me and my family.
“For me, it was an easy decision. There isn’t any other Super League team out there that I would have the same chemistry with than Hull FC.
“Obviously with the two Challenge Cup wins, that made some really special memories for me and my family, so when the opportunity to come back to Super League, FC was always going to be my number one choice.
“From the get-go when I first arrived at Hull FC in 2016, the fans welcomed me with open arms and they have followed my career back to the NRL – even though I haven’t been at the club, they’ve shown me some mad love.
“The supporters are a huge part of the club being successful. When the KCOM is bouncing, it makes a huge difference to us on the field and I can’t wait to feel that again.”
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford also expressed his delight, and that he couldn’t resist re-signing with the club.
“It was too good an opportunity to miss with Mahe being available,” he said. “He left a young man and he’ll be coming back a more mature player and fit right in as a more senior player in the squad.
“We want him to show the form he showed in 2016 and 2017, he’s capable of that. He impressed in his 18 months with West Tigers too – he’s a real fans favourite over there so we’ve got our hands on a real star.
“It’s looking like it’s going to be a hugely threatening back-line in 2020. With Bureta confirmed to be staying around and to have added Mahe and Adam Swift too, it’s starting to look extremely promising.
“There is some real depth in quality in the backs now. We want players to have that challenge to compete for their spot – that brings out the best in them.”