Hull confirm Manu Ma’u departure to Super League rival

James Gordon
Manu Ma'u Hull FC

Manu Ma'u in action for Hull FC in 2021

Catalans have signed Hull forward Manu Ma’u on a two-year deal from the start of next season.

Ma’u, 33, has made 46 appearances for the Airlie Birds since arriving from Parramatta ahead of the 2020 campaign.

The former Tonga and New Zealand international is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.

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He said: “To get this opportunity to join the Dragons is a huge honour 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.”

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Ma’u played for Tonga at the 2017 World Cup, having represented the Kiwis earlier in his career.

Dragons coach Steve McNamara added: “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.”

Catalans are losing forward duo Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano at the end of the year, with both having signed for Warrington for 2023.

A Hull statement said: “The club would like to thank Manu for his contribution during his time with Hull FC and wish him and his family the best for their move to France.”

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