Hull FC sign NRL duo

Challenge Cup finalists Hull FC have signed winger Bureta Faraimo and forward Mickey Paea for the 2018 season.

The pair arrive from the NRL and have signed two-year deals at the KCOM Stadium.

Wellington-born Faraimo joins from the Parramatta Eels, where he has struggled to nail down a permanent place in the team.

Despite this, he has still impressed when called upon and also represented the USA in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Meanwhile, Paea rejoins the Black and Whites having left the club at the end of 2015 for the Newcastle Knights.

During his previous spell in England he spent two years at Hull KR, before crossing the city to join the Airlie Birds ahead of the 2014 season.

The 31-year-old, who has also played for Sydney Roosters, St George Illawarra Dragons and Canterbury Bulldogs, was a fans favourite during his previous spell at the club.

On securing the double swoop, Hull FC head coach Lee Radford: “They’re two, quality additions to our squad for next season and beyond. Mickey is someone who knows the squad really well and Bureta will add a lot too.

“We tried to sign Bureta on a few occasions in the past and we were in for him when we signed Mahe Fonua but he ended up going to Parramatta. I’m over the moon to have finally got him.

“His statistics, including his metres, are absolutely phenomenal and he’s the kind of outside back who gets sets going for you.

“Mickey is very professional and he will provide a huge impact for us in the forwards. I was gutted to see him go when he left at the end of 2015 but it’s good to have him back at the club.”

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