Hull swoop for World Cup winner and Washbrook returns

Hull have signed New Zealand World Cup winner Sika Manu and Wakefield forward Danny Washbrook for next season.

Manu, 28, joins from Penrith Panthers on a three-year deal, while Hull-born Washbrook returns to the club he left in 2012.

Coach Lee Radford said: “His (Sika’s) quality speaks for itself. He has 14 caps for New Zealand, is a World Cup winner and is a current Tonga international.

“The fact we have had to fight off competition from a top four club over here for him shows he has come not for financial reasons.

“Washy left the club as a young bloke on the back end of what was a couple of difficult seasons for the club after the 2006 Grand Final.

“He was a fantastic pro when he left and speaking to everybody in and around Wakefield, that’s not changed.

“The competition he’s going to add will be great and the fact that he can play a number of positions gives him that versatility quality as well.”

Washbrook made 134 appearances for the Airlie Birds in his first spell at the club, including the 2006 Super League Grand Final and the 2008 Challenge Cup final.

Manu, who plays primarily in the back-row, has made more than 150 NRL appearances for Penrith and Melbourne Storm since making his debut in 2007.

He represented Tonga at the 2013 World Cup.

He said: “I’m really excited about a new start over in Super League and the move was what was best for me and my family.

“I’ve played with a few of the boys who will be at Hull next year before and I’m looking forward to teaming up with them again.”

 

Hull have already signed Frank Pritchard, Carlos Tuimivave, Scott Taylor and Mahe Fonua for next season.

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