Hull FC have today announced the massive coup of signing New Zealand World Cup winner Sika Manu on a 3-year-deal starting next season.
The 28-year-old will leave Penrith Panthers to head to the KC Stadium having turned down firm offers from Leeds Rhinos and NRL sides South Sydney Rabbitohs, St. George/Illawarra Dragons and Cronulla Sharks.
Panthers boss Phil Gould said: “We at Panthers will forever be grateful to Sika for coming to our club when he did and for the tremendous impact he has had on our young developing players.
“We can assure his new club they have recruited a quality footballer and a quality person.
“We wish Sika and his family all the very best for the future.”
Manu made his debut with Melbourne Storm in 2007 and won the Telstra Premiership with them in 2012 before joining the Panthers in 2013.
He has won 14 caps with New Zealand and won the Rugby League World Cup with them in 2008.
Manu has been quoted as saying one of the big draws for him to sign for Lee Radford’s side was the opportunity to join-up with great friend Mahe Fonua who Hull signed from Melbourne Storm and fellow kiwis Frank Pritchard and Carlos Tuimavave and it’s understood that he is also excited at playing alongside his cousin Fetuli Talanoa.