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Hull FC land international forward

Hull FC have confirmed the signing of Fijian international prop and World All-Stars representative Kane Evans for the 2022 Betfred Super League campaign.

The powerful NRL enforcer, who stands at 6ft 6in tall, has put pen to paper on an initial two-year deal with the Black & Whites, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2023 season.

The club have secured the services of the Fijian World Cup representative amidst strong competition for his signature, with Evans joining the Black & Whites from NRL side New Zealand Warriors.

With over 130 appearances down-under, representing Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and the Warriors, the front row forward has plenty of NRL experience, as well as featuring regularly for his country since 2013, alongside fellow new recruit Joe Lovodua.

The 29-year-old, who is known for his powerful running style and hard-hitting defence, also has representative honours with NSW City and the World All Stars.

Speaking on the decision to join the Black & Whites in 2021, Evans said: “To have signed my deal and to be on my way over there soon is a massive opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get started with the club.

“I’ve always wanted to test myself on the other side of the world in Super League. From what I have heard from some of the boys I know who already play in Super League say that the forwards tend to be much bigger.

“It is a new test for me to challenge myself against some of the big names on the other side of the world, and I am looking forward to making home at Hull FC having heard a lot of good things about the club and the city.”

Evans has had a brief taste of Hull previously having played at the MKM Stadium during the 2013 World Cup for Fiji, who ironically will be based in the city next year for the delayed World Cup tournament next autumn.

Alongside international teammate Lovodua, both players will be keen to make a good impression locally for club and country, as well as pacey England Knight’s winger Darnell McIntosh who is also joining Hull FC for 2022.

The trio will line-up alongside Samoan international Ligi Sao, former Tonga captain Manu Ma’u and Player of the Year Chris Satae who have all signed new deals at the club, as well as Man of Steel nominee Jake Connor.

As preparations continue for the 2022 season, Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson believes the acquisition of Kane brings another dimension to the club’s pack.

“Kane is a big unit and his addition to our squad brings another level of power, aggression and size next season, and we’re pleased to have another key player tied down for 2022,” he said.

“He’s got a wealth of experience having played consistently in the NRL for the best part of a decade, and a competitive streak which is clear to see when he takes to the field.

“He also brings an impressive offload game which can help us develop our second phase of attack further and threaten opposition teams across the park.”

Hodgson added, “We have been working hard to add another big middle to our squad and the inclusion of Kane alongside the likes of Chris Satae, Ligi Sao and Manu Ma’u represents a strong contingent of overseas forwards who, alongside the rest of our pack, will help us lead the charge next season.”

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