Mickey Paea decides to hang up his boots

Drew Darbyshire

Hull FC forward Mickey Paea has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old has made 223 club appearances during his career, scoring 17 tries.

Paea started his career at Sydney Roosters before enjoying spells at St George Illawarra Dragons and Canterbury Bulldogs.

He moved to Hull KR in 2012 where he played 54 games before crossing the city to play for rivals Hull FC. Paea then enjoyed a short stint back in the NRL with Newcastle Knights between 2016-17 and re-joined Hull FC in 2018, where he has since become a fan favourite.

On the international scene, Paea earned 13 caps for Tonga between 2006-13 as well as representing the Exiles on one occasion.

He joins fellow Hull forwards Sika Manu and Mark Minichiello, who have also announced he will retire at the season’s end.

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