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Tongan forward Willie Manu signs new deal with Hull FC

Willie Manu
Tonga's Willie Manu has scored 16 tries in his 92 appearances for Hull FC

Hull FC have fended off reported interest from other clubs to sign up Tongan forward Willie Manu on a new two-year deal at the KC Stadium.

Manu, who turned 30 in March, joined Hull from Castleford at the end of the 2006 season.

He is now scheduled to stay until 2012, by which time he will have spent six years with the Super League club.

"Hull gave me an opportunity when I left Cas and they have been great to me since I got here," said Manu.

"We are settled here and there is a great bunch of blokes, great coaching staff and I am really confident that when we get a few blokes back we can really achieve something here.

"We have a strong squad and that is one of the reasons why I signed again. We have some good individuals and the potential to win something, which I really want to achieve."

Now halfway through his fourth season at Hull, Manu has racked up 16 tries in 92 appearances.

The Challenge Cup in 2008 was really disappointing that we lost. It just makes you hungry to win something at Hull

Willie Manu

Hull coach Richard Agar added: "Willie has been one of our strongest performers this season.

"He is probably enjoying career-best form and we feel we have managed to keep hold of a player at the peak of his game."

Manu had spells down under at West Tigers, South Sydney and St.George Illawarra in the NRL before arriving in England for a one-year stay at Cas.

He played for Tonga in the World Cup in 2008, the same year that he played for Hull in their 28-16 Challenge Cup final defeat to St Helens.

"The Challenge Cup in 2008 was a great moment for me," he said, "but really disappointing that we lost.

"It just makes you hungry to win something and I want to do that at Hull FC."

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