Local Pride Not Missed on Motu

Hull FC against Leeds is one of Rugby League's most fearsome rivalries, but you don't necessarily have to hail from Yorkshire to understand the importance of this Friday's clash.

New Zealand international Motu Tony who last week signed a new three year deal at The Kingston Communications Stadium has spoken of his pride in living the region and considers himself an adopted ‘Airlie Bird'.

The 25-year-old former Brisbane Broncos star is the first person to defend the city and the people. Whilst moving to East Yorkshire with his family Tony was aware that the area had its detractors, however the friendly locals soon made Hull home from home for the Kiwi.

As Peter Sharp's side prepare take on Leeds Rhinos on Friday the importance of local pride isn't missed by Tony.

"I really enjoy living in the area, the people are fantastic, and I know what their team means to them. There was no hesitation at all when I was offered a new contract. I've really enjoyed the Hull area since I moved in and one incident stands out.

"Earlier this year I lost my wallet and I didn't even know it was lost, I got a letter from the police saying that this man had handed it in. All the money was in there, he actually rung my bank and cancelled my credit cards, I think that reflected on the area and the people in Hull."

Motu has featured in both Tri-Nation competitions in the past 2 years. The 2005 competition saw him pick up a winners medal after being part of the 17 man squad who beat the Australians in the final at Elland Road in November. Motu previously had a short spell with Castleford Tigers in 2004 before injury cut short his campaign. He is incredibly quick on his feet, can play from full back, to stand off to hooker and will be a valuable member of Peter Sharp's squad.

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