Hull FC are delighted to announce that New Zealand international Motu Tony has signed a new three-year contract that will keep him at The Kingston Communications Stadium until the end of the 2009 season.
The 25-year-old former Brisbane Bronco has made 48 appearances for the Black and Whites since joining them from a brief spell at Castleford in 2004 and is one of only four ever-presents this season.
Tony, who was a member of New Zealand's triumphant Tri-Nations Series team last November, demonstrated his versatility by starting in four different positions this season.
Peter Sharp, said: "I thought he was again one of our best players last weekend, he's been outstanding at full-back for us, then he does a good job in the centre. That just emphasises his ability and value to our squad.
"What I like about him is that he runs the ball hard, he carries the ball well, he looks for work and wants to be in the action and where it matters. This is a real plus for us and what a lot of people forget is that Motu is still a young man. He's only just 25 and that means he'll only be 28 when his contract expires. That is very positive."
Tony, who scored one of Hull's tries in their famous Challenge Cup victory over Leeds Rhinos last August, recently admitted that he didn't want to move. He explained his decision: "I am happy here, I like the club, the way it is developing and progressing and I like the area. A lot of people have put Hull down, but I like it here."