Souths fans will remember him well – whether it is for positive or negative reasons – but Hull FC have made their sixth signing for the 2014 season, with former South Sydney Rabbitohs utility back Fetuli Talanoa signing on for the 2014 season.
With an option in 2015 to extend that deal, Talanoa will link up with Hull FC coach Lee Radford.
The road in rugby league has been a tough one for Talanoa who was in and out of the Souths side for a while – he did however score 40 tries in 95 NRL games – before suffering a life-threatening bout of pneumonia.
This set him back somewhat and after spending time with his family to recover, Talanoa is now fit, firing and raring to go and looks forward to his new deal with Hull FC.
â€œHull FC have given me an opportunity to play for their club and Iâ€™m really excited for it. I canâ€™t wait to get over there and represent the Black and Whites,” said Talanoa.
â€œFor me, itâ€™s about getting back into playing rugby league. League is where my heart is and thatâ€™s what I enjoy doing but first of all, Iâ€™ve got to make the team and thatâ€™s a battle Iâ€™m really looking forward to.
â€œMy first priority is to get a starting spot in the side and then to give the club 100 per cent every time I put the jersey on.â€
Talanoa is keen to take the opportunity with both hands and is grateful for the support he has received from his family over the years.
â€œI want to take this opportunity with both hands and reward Lee Radford for giving me and my family the chance to come over,” said Talanoa.
â€œMy family have supported me 100 per cent through everything over the past couple of years, but they love me playing rugby league and they know that is what I want to do. They really enjoy it, theyâ€™d do anything they could to support me doing that and theyâ€™re really looking forward to coming over here by my side.â€
For the club themselves, they are excited to see what Talanoa can do and produce, as Radford knows there was interest from other sides in him.
â€œThis is a great opportunity for him and one that could also prove to be an excellent signing for us,” said Radford.
“Fetuli was quite a player in the early part of his career, very strong, quick and powerful and someone that can play numerous positions, so it was surprising, although understandable, when he chose to take a period away from the game.
“I know a number of other clubs have been keeping tabs on him following conversations with agents and coaches over the last few months, particularly Brisbane who have looked at him a couple of times, so to come out on top despite competition like that it is very pleasing.”
In what is quite a change in scenery overall, the club looks forward to seeing Talanoa make the most of the chance.
“I think Fetuli sees this as a bit of a life change. He could have stayed in Australia but he has decided to make the most of the opportunity, experience life on the other side of the world with his family and embrace a new chapter in his career,” said Radford.
“That’s why this is very exciting for us. He is very hungry and eager to impress and hopefully we will see reap the rewards of that.”
Now at full fitness and eager to get stuck in, Talanoa is excited to play for Hull and is keen to give it his all when given an opportunity.
â€œIâ€™m feeling back to where I was physically when I was with Souths and signing for Hull has given me an extra boost,” said Talanoa.
â€œIâ€™ve been through a fair bit over the last couple of years, but I feel like a new person and I want to take this opportunity with both hands.
â€œIâ€™ve been doing my own training over the past few weeks to work on my skills and Iâ€™ve got two personal trainers putting me through my paces at the moment.
â€œIâ€™ve been doing a bit of cardio, speed work and weights, so hopefully Iâ€™ll be ready to get straight into it when I get over there. Iâ€™m really looking forward to meeting all the blokes in the squad as soon as I can.â€