Hull FC have confirmed the signing of Samoan international prop Ligi Sao on a two year contract for the 2020 season.
The forward has spent the first five years of his career in the NRL, starting at New Zealand Warriors before moving to Manly Sea Eagles.
“I’m pretty excited to be heading over to Super League and to Hull FC,” he said.
“I know the club have been going pretty well over the past few years so I’m really pleased to be joining a positive environment which that success has created.
“As a Rugby League player in Australia, a lot of players who make the move to Super League do so at the back end of their career, but I saw this as a big opportunity for me while I’m in the prime of my career to show what I’m about.
“I’m aware of how impressive the club have been in recent years – the boys are going pretty well this season and obviously there was the two Challenge Cups a few years back, so for me it was a chance to push myself to the next level. You can’t turn down a big club and a big chance like this.
“My family are really excited to move to the UK too. We’ve loved our time in New Zealand but it’s an exciting time for them too to see the other side of the world.”
Head Coach Lee Radford added: “Like all our new recruits, he fits the bill in terms of character and attitude which was a big factor in our recruitment this year.
“I know James has spent a lot of time speaking to them all, Ligi in particular, and he like everyone we have spoken to about him have all sung his praises.”
Sao will join Josh Jones, Adam Swift, Mahe Fonua, Manu Ma’u, Jordan Johnstone and Chris Satae at the KCOM Stadium for the next Super League season.