Castleford Tigers have announced the signing of Hull FC winger Mahe Fonua for the 2022 season.
Fonua was recently released by the Black and Whites with one year remaining on his contract. He was previously part of the side that had won back-to-back Challenge Cups.
It is the third time Lee Radford has signed Fonua, having signed him twice for Hull FC.
Reacting to the news, Fonua said: “I’ve loved playing against Cas, it’s such a competitive team. Going there as an opposition player to Wheldon Road it’s a little bit daunting but an awesome atmosphere.
“It’s daunting because I’ll get teased about my hair standing on the wing, I can just hear fan rinsing me! Such a good atmosphere, I love it.
“Everyone is really close to the game and I like that feeling about the stadium, it’s good from both sides, away fans at one side and the rest of the stadium is all home fans – you can always hear them throughout the 80 minutes.”
Tigers Head Coach Lee Radford added: “I’m pleased for him, I think it will be a breath of fresh air for his career, I’m pleased for Castleford, I think we are getting a good person and a recognisable rugby league face. When he’s on, he is on, and there’s not too many better around when he is.
“Mahe knows the situation, Jordan Turner was arguably Castleford’s best player last season, Jake Mamo got Warrington’s Players Player of the Year, he is under no illusion how difficult it’s going to be. Judging by how he looks at the moment, it looks like he is already knuckling down, ready to go, and in my opinion, right some wrongs and prove a few people wrong.
“I think we have signed some real footy players for 2022, like Kenny, Jake and now Mahe, there is some real rugby in there. I think letting them express themselves and add their bits to the squad will be crucial if we are to have some success.”