Hull complete Sa signing

  • Last Updated: May 21 2014, 9:12 BST

Hull FC have strengthened their squad with the capture of dual-code rugby international Setaimata Sa from Aviva Premiership club London Irish, until the end of 2015.

Setaimata Sa: Has joined Hull FC until 2015
Setaimata Sa: Has joined Hull FC until 2015

The 26-year-old 6ft 3in centre or back-row forward began his career in the NRL representing Sydney Roosters, before moving to Super League to join the Catalan Dragons.

Having progressed as a junior in New Zealand, he soon enjoyed full representative honours playing for both Samoa and New Zealand, lifting the World Cup with the latter nation in 2008, before being selected for the Exiles in International Origin.

Sa, who is set to make his debut in Friday's First Utility Super League game against Leeds at Headingley, told the club's official website: "I am pleased it has finally been announced and really looking forward to getting back playing rugby league, the game where my career started, and can't wait to put on the Hull FC shirt.

"The way Motu Tony [football manager] spoke to me about where the club wanted to be in the next few years and also Lee Radford's [head coach] passion for the game, I found it a very interesting prospect. I know from the past how passionate the fans are here and how big this club is.

"There is without doubt a lot of talent here. Ben Crooks is a good young player competing for a centre spot and Fetuli [Talanoa] coming over was a good signing, so there is a lot of competition and that is only going to be good for myself and the other boys too."

Having built his career at centre and in the back row, as well as even a brief run at stand-off, Sa has delivered a good try scoring return in Super League of 24 tries in 69 matches, as well as five tries in eight international appearances.

"Setaimata is a great signing for us. He is exactly the calibre of player we should be bringing into this club and a significant move in terms of our recruitment process," said Radford.

"He is a New Zealand international, a World Cup winner, a Challenge Cup finalist with Catalans and has appeared in the Exiles squads, that says it all.

"He is a player that can come straight into our side and make a significant improvement to our team. He has a fantastic character and temperament and whilst he is a good bloke off the field, he is a fierce competitor on it which is what we want."

Sa will be available for selection this weekend, having trained with his new team-mates for the first time this week.

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