Sika Manu explains why he cast aside home sickness and NRL interest to sign new Hull FC deal

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Sika Manu explains why he cast aside home sickness and NRL interest to sign new Hull FC deal

Sika Manu has revealed the reason for staying at Hull FC is because he didn’t want to miss out on the success he expects the club to have in the next two seasons.

Manu, 31, has signed a new one-year extension which will keep him at the KCOM Stadium until the end of the 2019 campaign.

The former New Zealand international star and now Tonga captain has enjoyed a decorated career which has included World Cup and Four Nations success, while he’s picked up two Challenge Cup medals with the Black and Whites.

A Grand Final ring remains elusive and Manu insists despite NRL interest back home, staying put in Hull was the best decision in the end.

“It wasn’t until about a month ago that we decided as a family we would like to stay,” Manu told the Mail.

“For a long time me and my partner we’re looking to go home. We were missing family and stuff like that. About a month ago I started talking with the club and decided it would be good for us to stay.

“The biggest thing for me is being a part of something special. This club has got a lot of history and done a lot of good things in the last couple of years. If we can achieve another couple of things in the next year or two it would be awesome.

“When it came down to it I didn’t want to miss out on what I think this club can achieve between now and the end of 2019.”



Hull FC's Sika Manu

Hull FC’s Sika Manu

Manu also paid tribute to coach Lee Radford and the Old Faithful after signing his one-year extension with the club.

“Lee is awesome and he is part of the reason why I stayed,” Manu added.

“He’s been great and taught me a lot of things during my time here. He’s easy to get along with.

“The fans are also great and just crazy and loud. They always support us with everything they have and follow us everywhere. If it wasn’t for them it would be more difficult to get up for games.”

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