Exclusive: Ex-Hull FC star Fetuli Talanoa reveals his surprising new career path

Fetuli Talanoa made a name for himself at Hull FC for being a superbly talented winger, able to finish from anywhere with a determination and passion that epitomised the Black and Whites’ rise to two Challenge Cup victories.

Talanoa was part of the Hull side that won back-to-back Challenge Cups in 2016 and 2017 before he stepped away from the game midway through 2019 after scoring 59 tries in 128 appearances.

It was injury that plagued his final year in East Yorkshire, with the New Zealander announcing his immediate retirement in April 2019 after succumbing to a wrist injury.

Now, though, Talanoa has stepped away from the game completely, with no thought about going into coaching at all.

“Coaching is not at the forefront of any of my goals just yet,” Talanoa told Serious About Rugby League.

“After retiring, I wanted to take a step away from the game in my transition to the real world.

“So, I’m now a youth care worker, so I work with kids with trauma and I’m enjoying it.

“It’s always been a passion of mine.”

Talanoa did reveal that he still keeps in touch with the game in both hemispheres.

“I’m happy with where I am at the moment away from rugby league.

“I still watch the game, both NRL and Super League, but I’m happy to take a step back and watch it from afar.”

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