With limited opportunity available to him at the Newcastle Knights, a new challenge is on the horizon for Samoan international Carlos Tuimavave.
The utility back has signed with Super League side Hull FC on a three-year deal, after the Knights agreed to release him from the final year of his contract.
With every player wanting stability, security and regular playing time in rugby league, the Hull FC move is one that works best for Tuimavave and the Knights were not going to stand in his way.
â€œWe have agreed to release Carlos based on what is best for him and his family,â€ Director of Football Michael Hagan said.
â€œWe didnâ€™t want to deny Carlos the opportunity to play more consistent football with a long-term contract on the table for him.
â€œHe is a good young footballer and he goes to England with our very best wishes.â€
Playing in four games in total for the Knights and 13 in the NRL, Tuimavave did what is best for his family and he thanked the Knights for the opportunity given to him.
â€œI have enjoyed my time at the Knights but made this decision because it is best for my family, as we have a baby on the way,â€ Tuimavave said.
â€œI want to say thank you to the Club, the players and coaches and the fans for the opportunity to play here.â€
As for joining Hull FC, Tuimvave is excited about the new adventure that lies ahead. He has seen how big of a club they are in the Super League and cannot wait to don the jersey and play for them.
â€œI 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,” said Tuimavave.
â€œWhile 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.”
With two Holden Cup premiership victories with the New Zealand Warriors, the 23-year old knows how to win titles and it is the x-factor he brings that has Hull FC coach Lee Radford excited.
“We’re really looking forward to him coming over and itâ€™s a signing we are really excited about,” said Radford.
“Heâ€™s a ball player and has a fantastic running game, as well as being defensively sound. I think heâ€™ll be suited to our competition and his best years are definitely in front of him.
â€œHe has finesse and a bit of X-factor about him, the style of player that can create something from nothing.”
Whilst Tuimavave offers great utility value, his signing at Hull FC is one that is designed to create pressure on the current centres.
â€œHe can cover a number of positions but we feel we need a bit more competition in the centres. He can play full-back and in the halves but we want him to come and put real pressure on the centre spot,” said Radford.
â€œIn terms of household names in the NRL, he probably isnâ€™t that yet but at only 23 years-old he is coming over here to improve as a player. Iâ€™m confident that our environment can bring out his potential, as we have done with other overseas players we have recruited such as Jordan Rankin, Steve Michaels and Fetuli Talanoa.
“We made some inquiries 12 months ago but unfortunately he’d committed to the Knights so I was over the moon to find out there was a chance of bringing him in. I’m confident he’ll become a real favourite with our supporters.”