Popular Hull FC back rower Mark Minichiello has signed a new deal at the club.
The 36-year-old has commited for another year, with his new contract keeping him at Hull until the end of 2019.
Making over 100 appearances and of course a back to back Challenge Cup winner, Minichiello says his age isn’t a barrier, and that he has unfinished business with the Black and Whites as the club push towards their ultimate Super League goal.
“I’ve been here four years now and I’m really happy to make it my fifth season at the club next year,” he told the clubs official website.
“Now it’s all sorted hopefully I can purely concentrate on matters on the field in the next few weeks as we push for Old Trafford.
”Since I arrived here back at the start of 2015, the club has changed dramatically for the better. Everything is building nicely, and Lee is creating a great culture here.
“I’m sure it’s going to continue in the same direction and I’m happy to be a part of that going forward. We have plenty of good people and players around the club and it’s great to be a part of it.”
Reaching Old Trafford is a feat every person associated with Hull FC is hellbent on doing, and Minichiello is amongst that.
His age will always be talked about too, but thanks to his healthy lifestyle he feels ready to play, and that’s all that matters.
“I’ve already created some great memories here, but one of the key reasons I wanted to stay on was to try and help the side to a Grand Final appearance.
“I want to make sure I have the chance to achieve that, it’s something that I’ve never done in my career but I’m still keen to achieve.
“I believe the club are in a good position to do that, and if not this year, hopefully we can achieve it next season. We have the people here to be able to do and that’s why I wanted to go around again in 2019.
“Most players are retired at my age but personally, I’m still feeling really physically fit. I’ve always strived to look after myself and luckily it seems to have worked and I’ve bought a few more years at the back end of my career.
“The coaching staff and the conditioners have played a role in my fitness too. They manage us really well individually and specific programmes for each players.
“That makes it a lot easier for older players like myself to keep going, and that’s a big credit to them.”