Hull FC have announced the capture of Paramatta second rower Manu Ma’u on a two-year deal from the start of next season.
Nicknamed the Tongan terminator, the Black and Whites say the 30-year-old was attracting attention from other potential suitors in the NRL and Super League.
Ma’u is a a Tonga international and a product of the New Zealand Warriors youth set-up.
He said: “I’m hugely excited for the challenge. I’ve read so much about Super League and about Hull FC itself, particularly about the passionate fans over there, so I can’t wait to make the move.
“It’s taken a couple of months to get over the line. My manager kept telling there was interest from the club so it took me a bit of time to make the decision, speaking to my wife and family to think about what was best for me.
“Having a young family with a wife and three kids, it was important they were happy with the decision, and they were. We’re all thrilled.
“I’m at a stage now where I want to challenge myself overseas and move out of my comfort zone. Hull have given me that chance.
“I’ve spoken to a few players I know well about the club. I keep up with Mahe Fonua from my time playing for Tonga, as well as Sika Manu and Bureta Faraimo who I know too, and they couldn’t speak highly enough about the club.
“That made me only more eager to join the club.”