Way back in 2005, Mickey Paea was given a first-grade opportunity with the Sydney Roosters and became a mainstay of their side for a number of years.
Now, he returns to the NRL following a stint in England, with the Newcastle Knights re-signing with the club for two seasons.
Paea played in 56 first-grade games during his first stint in the NRL before he made the move to England. Most recently, he has been playing for Hull FC but sought an opportunity to return to Australia, one that was granted by the English club.
The club are excited to have an experienced forward like Paea in their ranks from next season, with Director of Football Michael Hagan confident Paea can add some starch to their pack.
â€œMickey will add some size, strength and experience to our forward pack,â€ Director of Football Michael Hagan said.
“He comes highly recommended and we are delighted to have him join our football club from next season.â€
For Paea, the opportunity to return to the NRL after four seasons in the Super League was too good to refuse and it was the Knights offer that intrigued him most.
â€œI am delighted to be able to return to the NRL after four years in the UK Super League,â€ Paea said.
â€œWhilst I have enjoyed every minute of the UK Super League and experience living life in Hull, Iâ€™m very excited to be returning to the NRL.
â€œThe Newcastle Knights greatly appealed to me as I know members of the coaching staff and Iâ€™m impressed with their vision for the first team in 2016 and beyond.â€