Newcastle Knights utility Tex Hoy says former Hull FC prop Mark O’Meley helped influence his move to the MKM Stadium for the 2023 season.
Hoy, 22, will make the switch to Super League for the 2023 season on a two-year deal.
The utility playmaker has made 23 appearances in the NRL since his debut in 2020, scoring three tries.
Having struggled to cement a spot at Newcastle Knights with Kalyn Ponga comfortably claiming the full-back role, Hoy has decided to make the switch from Down Under. He revealed that former player O’Meley played his part in the move.
O’Meley, 41, retired during the 2013 season due to injury while with Hull, having made close to 100 appearances for the side.
He also represented Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters in the NRL, while winning 15 caps for Australia. He returned to Australia following his playing career, which also included representing New South Wales and the Exiles.
Tex Hoy on O’Meley’s influence in move
“Mark O’Meley coaches me at New South Wales Cup level,” Hoy said. “As soon as he found out about Hull’s interest, he gave me a nudge and told me how much I would enjoy it.
“I’m really excited. Obviously, it’s a big move for me to be coming over from Australia, but it was a decision I made purely down to how excited I was to come.
“It’s a huge opportunity for me to play some footy, whilst being able to grow as a player and a person.
“I’ve heard that Hull is a big rugby league city and I know that there are two teams that hate each other there.”
He becomes the club’s second signing for the 2023 season, with Jake Trueman linking up from Castleford on a three-year deal.