Hull FC have confirmed the signing of prop Tevita Satae from New Zealand Warriors with immediate effect.
The 26-year-old has signed a two-and-a-Half year deal and will join up with Lee Radford’s side straight away, subject to international clearance.
He becomes he Black and Whites’ latest high profile signing, following the likes of Josh Jones, Adam Swift, Manu Ma’u and Mahe Fonua, who will all join the club next season.
“I’m pretty stoked to be joining the club.” He told Hull’s club website. “I’m joining at the time where the club is going really well and I’m delighted to be joining a great group of blokes.
“After speaking to the club and the coach, it is clear I share their ambition. I’m here to win trophies, that is ultimately my aim. I know they have a few trophies under their belt in recent years and I want to be a part of a side that is getting to finals.
“This is a real chance to challenge myself. I don’t feel I have been given that opportunity yet so I’m determined to push on to the next level with Hull FC – I’m here to put my best foot forward and give everything for this great club.”
Since joining the Warriors in 2017, after impressing in the local leagues in New Zealand, Satae has made 15 appearances, two of which have come this season.
He has also established himself as a key part of the club’s reserve side, notching up 899 post contact metres and averaging over 173 metres per game.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford added: “I watch a lot of New South Wales Cup matches, and he was a player who caught my eye when he was featuring heavily for the New Zealand Warriors side.
“I was really impressed with his performances and after we did a little bit of background research on him, he seemed to fit the bill as to what we’ve been looking for.
“He’s your typical Polynesian front-rower. He has a real petrol engine and his metres are phenomenal, he carries the football with real strength. We’re hoping he can bring that to us on a weekly basis.
“He will add some size and aggression to our pack and it is a timely boost to get him over for the rest of the season as we push for a play-off spot.”
He added, “I’m really pleased with how we’re shaping up for 2020. Our recruitment has been good so far and we have managed to secure the targets we set out to get despite plenty of competition, which is a credit to the club.”