Hull FC have re-signed outside-back Mahe Fonua on a three-year contract from 2020.
The 26-year-old – nicknamed ‘The Tongan Tank’ – will return to the Black and Whites after two seasons in the NRL with Wests Tigers, where he has scored six tries in 21 appearances.
A six-time Tonga international, Fonua won back-to-back Challenge Cups in his first spell with Hull in 2016 and 2017, scoring 31 tries in 58 games for the club.
Fonua commented: “I’m really pleased to be heading back to Hull FC.
“Me and Lee [Radford] have kept in contact over the past few years while I’ve been in the NRL, so to come back to a club that I have a history with is special for me and my family.
“For me, it was an easy decision. There isn’t any other Super League team out there that I would have the same chemistry with than Hull FC.
“Obviously with the two Challenge Cup wins, that made some really special memories for me and my family, so when the opportunity to come back to Super League, FC was always going to be my number one choice.”
Hull coach Lee Radford added: “It was too good an opportunity to miss with Mahe being available.
“He left a young man and he’ll be coming back a more mature player and fit right in as a more senior player in the squad.
“We want him to show the form he showed in 2016 and 2017, he’s capable of that.
“He impressed in his 18 months with West Tigers too – he’s a real fans favourite over there, so we’ve got our hands on a real star.”