Hull FC Recruitment For 2016 Part 4, Mahe Fonua

Hull FC announced their fourth new addition to their squad on 1 August with the signing of Melbourne Storm winger Mahe Fonua.

The 22-year-old winger will join up with his new side on a 3-year-deal for the start of next season.

Fonua will arrive at the KC Stadium with a reputation as a prolific try scorer having scored 23 tries in 50 NRL games with his hometown club where he has plied his trade alongside such superstars as Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater.

Coach Lee Radford said: “This is not just a coup for the club, it’s also a coup for the competition.

“We were surprised to hear about his availability as a relatively established NRL player and it certainly shows we’re moving in the right direction in terms of our recruitment.”

Fonua has also played international football for Tonga scoring 2 tries in 4 appearances to date.

He is seen as an ideal replacement for the departing Tom Lineham who will leave the KC Stadium at the end of the year to move to Super League rivals Warrington Wolves.

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Hull FC Recruitment For 2016 Part 3, Carlos Tuimavave

Hull FC announced the capture of Samoa international Carlos Tuimavave on 25th July.

The 23-year-old former junior kiwi captain has penned a 3-year-deal at the KC Stadium starting next year leaving NRL outfit Newcastle Knights.

Tuimavave said: “I am excited to be joining Hull next season and the opportunity to play regular first grade football at one of the biggest clubs in Super League.

“While I am focused on finishing the season well at the Knights, I am looking forward to moving my family to England and making a positive contribution to Hull Football Club.

“Hull are a big club with a great fan base and I’m looking forward to getting over there to sample the atmosphere and competition.”

Coach Lee Radford was clearly excited about his new signing, he said: “He has finesse and a bit of X-factor about him, the style of player that can create something from nothing.”

Tuimavave came through the ranks at New Zealand Warriors playing at centre or stand-off in a successful partnership with kiwi superstar Shaun Johnson.

He helped the Warriors to Toyota Cup Grand Final appearances in both 2010 and 2011 and made his NRL debut in 2012.

With first team chances at the Warriors limited he made the switch to Newcastle Knights for this season before opting to try his hand in Super League.

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Hull FC Recruitment For 2016 Part 2, Frank Pritchard

Hull FC announced the signing of New Zealand test forward Frank ‘The Tank’ Pritchard on 19th June on a 2-year-deal with the club holding an option on a further year for the 31 year old back rower.

Coach Lee Radford said: “Frank is a quality signing. He is going to be a real hit in this competition and, as a former club captain at the Bulldogs, a Grand Final winner and a top New Zealand international for some years, his CV speaks for itself.

“The fact we had to fight so hard against three or four other clubs in Super League to get his signature and Canterbury’s reluctance to see him go speaks volumes and is a real sign of his quality and the stature of the man.

“Having spoken to him he is desperate to come over here, make an impression and be successful at this club, which is what we want.”

Speaking about his move from NRL Side Canterbury Bulldogs to the KC Stadium side Pritchard said, “The English Super League is continuing to grow as a competition and to be able to go over there and continue as a professional athlete is exciting.

“Hull were the best fit for me. Having spoken to the guys there I can see what they’re trying to build and what they want to achieve and it will be exciting to be part of that.”

Pritchard played 144 games for Penrith Panthers before switching to the Bulldogs at the end of 2010, his time with the Bulldogs has seen him play in the NRL Grand Final twice.

He has played 27 times for New Zealand and was part of their 2008 World Cup Winning squad although he didn’t play in that tournament, he has also played four times for Samoa including all-3 of their games in the 2014 four nations tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

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Hull FC Recruitment For 2016 Part 1, Scott Taylor

Hull FC ended a long and protracted chase for Hull-Born Scott Taylor when they announced he had signed a four year deal on 19th May.

The Prop Forward who grew up supporting the black and white’s actually started his career with bitter cross-city rivals Hull KR then switched Craven Park (now the KC Lightstream Stadium) for the DW Stadium as he signed for Wigan Warriors for a substantial fee at the start of the 2013 season.

Taylor was in the Warriors team that beat the Airlie Birds at Wembley in the Challenge Cup Final that year and also picked up a Super League Grand Final winner’s ring as Wigan completed the double in 2013.

Taylor missed the Warriors 2014 Grand Final defeat to St. Helens and was sent out on a long term loan to Salford Red Devils this year rather than seeing out the final year of his contract at Wigan.

Now the former Hull KR prop is on his way home to Hull to play for the club he has supported all his life.

When the deal was announced Taylor said: “I had a few options put in-front of me but there was only really one choice when I knew Hull wanted to sign me.”

The 24-year-old will be a natural replacement for Tongan prop Mickey Paea who is returning to the NRL having signed for Newcastle Knights at the end of this season.

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