Hull FC winger Fetuli Talanoa has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of 2019.
A former Tongan international, Talanoa arrived in 2014 as a relatively unknown quantity, but quickly established himself as one of the key players in the side.
He was signed from NRL juggernaut South Sydney Rabbitohs, and has gone on to make over a hundred appearances in four and a half seasons at Hull FC.
There’s also an option to extend Talanoa’s deal until 2020 should both parties desire.
Speaking to the clubs official website, Talanoa said: “Signing a new deal is something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I knew I needed to put in some good performances at the start of this year to earn a new deal and I’m glad I did that.
“I’m really happy in the city. Me and my family have settled here really well and I love playing for the club. I’ve played with a really special group of guys during my time here. So in the end it was a pretty easy decision.”
To no surprises, the support of the passionate Hull FC fans also swayed the wingers decision.
A popular figure, he won the clubs Player of the Year award in his first season and undertook the Binman nickname.
“The support I’ve had from these fans has been amazing,” Talanoa continued. “Coming over here, I didn’t know much about the city but as soon as I put the jersey on I realised the passion the fans have here.
“When you put on the shirt and walk out of the tunnel at the KCOM Stadium, you get a sense of what playing for this club is about.”
Although injured at the moment, Talanoa will be back later this season, with his ankle knock coming at the worst of times.
He was leading the Super League try charts and was scoring for fun, until a challenge at Featherstone saw him require surgery and a few months on the sideline.
“It was a really unfortunate time to get the injury, but I’m really focused on my recovery at the moment,” Talanoa admitted.
“We need to keep picking up the wins, especially at home. So hopefully when I return we’re in a really good position going into the Super 8s.
“It was a great two years to hold the Challenge Cup. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be this year but that now means we can concentrate on getting to Old Trafford and hopefully add some more silverware to our collection.”
Meanwhile head coach Lee Radford was delighted to secure Talanoa’s signature – one of his undoubted favourites.
“I’m over the moon to have Fetuli tied down for next year,” Radford said. “He’s a big part of the culture we have here and he’s been a real revelation since joining in 2014.
“He was a left-field signing but has proved to be a fantastic addition over the last few years.
“He had a long time out of the game before he joined the club, and I think that made him appreciate the sport and that’s played a role in showing the commitment he does both on and off the field.
“It’s great to keep players like him at the club.”