He quickly became a fan favourite and a new club cult hero but that time will soon end, with Manu Ma’u to depart the Parramatta Eels to link up with Super League side Hull FC.
Off contract at season’s end, the Tongan and Kiwi international will join the black and whites from the 2020 season on a two year deal.
“I’m hugely excited for the challenge,” Ma’u said.
“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.”
Playing over 100 NRL games for the Eels across six seasons, Ma’u spoke about the move with his family and knows it was the right move.
“Having a young family with a wife and three kids, it was important they were happy with the decision, and they were,” Ma’u continued.
“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.”
Hull FC coach Lee Radford is pleased to add a talent like Ma’u to his roster.
“I’m really pleased to get such a quality signing in Manu over the line,” Radford said.
”To get that level of player in our competition at the peak of his career, is a real coup for the club.
“I’ve only heard good things about him on and off the field.
“I’m sure his no-nonsense style of play will make him a firm fan-favourite when he arrives.
“Manu has a real toughness in his game which I really admire.”