Hull forward Manu to retire

Hull FC forward Sika Manu is retiring at the end of the season at the age of 32.

Manu spent started his professional career at Melbourne Storm in the NRL, before moving to Penrith Panthers and then the Black and Whites.

The forward, who has represented New Zealand and Tonga at international level, has made over 100 appearances for Hull, scoring 12 tries.

Manu said: “It was an extremely hard decision to make because I have had an enjoyable career, especially my time here at Hull, but I feel that the time is right to hang up the boots.

“When you give your all on the field every week, giving 110%, it certainly takes its toll on your body and I have been feeling the effects of it on the training field this season.

“I have to say that coming to play for Hull FC has been a great decision because it’s a huge club with a lot of culture and a lot of history, so it’s nice that I am able to end my career here.

“It’s been an amazing journey with plenty of highs and lows along the way. I feel very lucky that I am able to finish up here at Hull FC.

“Hopefully I will be able to give the supporters one last treat before I retire. We’re still in with a chance of making the play-offs and potentially going on towards the Grand Final, so that is the aim for the rest of the season and I will give my absolute all to help the team get there.

“I’m not worried about myself. I’m more concerned about rewarding the club and the fans who have looked after me so well in the four years that I have been here.”

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