Double coup for Hull FC as recruitment completed

Hull FC have landed a double coup to complete their recruitment for 2016, after the Black and Whites signed two forwards – one from Super League and one from the NRL.

As predicted in League Express and numerous other media outlets, Wakefield forward Danny Washbrook has penned a deal to return to the KC Stadium from Wakefield, signing a deal for 2016.

“My time with Wakefield has helped me develop massively and it has been an invaluable experience,” he said.

“It’s been good working with new people in a different city and I have enjoyed my time at Belle Vue.

“As soon as I knew Hull wanted me back I couldn’t turn it down. I spoke to Lee [Radford] and Motu [Tony] a lot and told them I’d love the opportunity to go back to Hull.”

He continued: “I have some great memories with the club playing in big games and I have always held Hull very close.

“Hopefully we can play in more play-off games and finals whilst I am there.”

But the big news is arguably the capture of NRL forward Sika Manu on a three-year deal from Penrith Panthers. The former World Cup winner is Hull’s sixth signing for 2016, joining Carlos Tuimavave, Mahe Fonua, Scott Taylor and Frank Pritchard.

“I’m really excited about a new start over in Super League and the move was what was best for me and my family,” said Manu.

“I’ve always watched Super League growing up and enjoyed the physicality.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge and now I am working hard to get ready for next year and finishing this season strong with the Panthers.

“I’ve played with a few of the boys who will be at Hull next year before and I’m looking forward to teaming up with them again.”