Hull FC’s Manu Ma’u makes big Super League move

Manu Ma’u has found a new Super League club for the 2023 season after his Hull FC exit has been confirmed.

Manu Ma’u made his professional debut in 2014 for Parramatta Eels. Born in Auckland, the Tongan-born forward made 115 appearances for the Eels in 6 NRL seasons.

In 2020, he decided to join the Super League by signing for Hull FC. A regular starter in the Hull FC squad, Manu Ma’u has scored so far six tries in 46 Super League appearances.

He also played 16 games for Tonga, including 2017 World Cup where his country reached the semi-finals. Born in New Zealand, he also represented the Kiwis with 6 international caps in 2016.

Now, though, Ma’u has signed a two-year deal with French side Catalans Dragons, taking his rugby league career to another new country.

Upon signing the big deal, Ma’u told the Catalans website: “To get this opportunity to join the Dragons is a huge honor for me.

“When speaking to Steve McNamara and some former players from the club, I knew it was the right decision for me and my family. I’m excited to be joining a great club like Catalans and I’ll be making sure I earn the respect from Steve and his staff, players and supporters.

“They have a quality team and I want to be part of it in 2023. I’m looking forward to this new chapter. All tough my future is now sorted, my main focus is finishing off strong with Hull FC.”

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara could not hide his joy at signing someone of Ma’u’s quality having been an admirer for many years: “Manu is a player I have liked and respected for many years. His performances have been outstanding this year.

“He will bring some real attacking quality along with ferocious defence. He is a terrific guy, humble, honest and a real team player.”

Castleford Tigers had been linked with a move for Ma’u earlier in the season, but that never came to fruition.

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