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Monday, 8 July 2019

Eels fan favourite set to leave club


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Parramatta fan favourite Manu Ma'u has decided to leave the club to take up an offer with English Super League club Hull FC.

Ma'u will join the club from 2020 on a two-year deal, despite rival NRL clubs and the Eels putting in offers to try and keep him in Australia.

The Tonga international is regarded as one of the hardest competitors in the NRL and would have slotted in nicely at another NRL club but the pull of playing with former teammates helped convince him to make the move.

“I’ve spoken to a few players I know well about the club,” Ma’u said in a Hull FC statement.

“I keep up with Mahe Fonua from my time playing for Tonga, as well as Sika Manu and Bureta Faraimo who I know too, and they couldn’t speak highly enough about the club. That made me only more eager to join the club.

“It’s taken a couple of months to get over the line.

“My manager kept telling there was interest from the club so it took me a bit of time to make the decision, speaking to my wife and family to think about what was best for me. 

“Having a young family with a wife and three kids, it was important they were happy with the decision, and they were. We’re all thrilled.”

Parramatta is set to undergo further changes to its squad, with Tepai Moeroa considering a code switch to Super Rugby while coach Brad Arthur is on the lookout for a prop with George Burgess linked to the club.

The club is also said to be close to signing off on a one-year extension for young prop Daniel Alvaro.

The front-rower was also linked with a move to the UK but has decided to stay put with the Eels.

Parramatta fan favourite Manu Ma'u has decided to leave the club to take up an offer with English Super League club Hull FC.

Ma'u will join the club from 2020 on a two-year deal, despite rival NRL clubs and the Eels putting in offers to try and keep him in Australia.

The Tonga international is regarded as one of the hardest competitors in the NRL and would have slotted in nicely at another NRL club but the pull of playing with former teammates helped convince him to make the move.

“I’ve spoken to a few players I know well about the club,” Ma’u said in a Hull FC statement.

“I keep up with Mahe Fonua from my time playing for Tonga, as well as Sika Manu and Bureta Faraimo who I know too, and they couldn’t speak highly enough about the club. That made me only more eager to join the club.

“It’s taken a couple of months to get over the line.

“My manager kept telling there was interest from the club so it took me a bit of time to make the decision, speaking to my wife and family to think about what was best for me. 

“Having a young family with a wife and three kids, it was important they were happy with the decision, and they were. We’re all thrilled.”

Parramatta is set to undergo further changes to its squad, with Tepai Moeroa considering a code switch to Super Rugby while coach Brad Arthur is on the lookout for a prop with George Burgess linked to the club.

The club is also said to be close to signing off on a one-year extension for young prop Daniel Alvaro.

The front-rower was also linked with a move to the UK but has decided to stay put with the Eels.

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