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Hull FC Sign World Cup Winner Manu

Hull FC Sign World Cup Winner Manu

Thursday 13 Aug 2015 8:51am
Hull FC have signed New Zealand World Cup and NRL Grand Final winning forward Sika Manu from Penrith Panthers on a three-year deal.

The Black and Whites have secured the signature of the 28 year-old versatile forward after fighting off stiff competition from clubs on both sides of the world.

Manu was a World Cup winner with New Zealand in 2008 and has also played nine seasons in the Australian NRL, winning the Grand Final with former club Melbourne Storm in 2012, where he played alongside fellow new signing Mahe Fonua.

Speaking to www.hullfc.com, Manu said, “I’m really excited about a new start over in Super League and the move was what was best for me and my family.

“I’ve always watched Super League growing up and enjoyed the physicality.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge and now I am working hard to get ready for next year and finishing this season strong with the Panthers.

“I’ve played with a few of the boys who will be at Hull next year before and I’m looking forward to teaming up with them again.”

The other players also heading to Hull in 2016 are Frank Pritchard, Carlos Tuimivave, Scott Taylor and Fonua.

Manu, who has made over 150 NRL appearances during spells at the Storm and Penrith since making his first-grade debut in 2007, appeared for Tonga at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and has since captained the Mate Ma’a.

After making his fifth acquisition for the 2016 season, Hull FC head coach Lee Radford told hullfc.com: “His quality speaks for itself. He has 14 caps for New Zealand, is a World Cup winner and is a current Tonga international.

“He will fit into our squad perfectly and he is a fantastic ball carrier with plenty more football in him.

“In defence, he will be massive in controlling the ruck and will help us improve with his energy and structurally.

“He came through at Melbourne in their hay-day and is now a senior player who everyone I have spoke to has had nothing but good words to say about.

“The fact we have had to fight off competition from a top four club over here for him shows he has come not for financial reasons.”