Palea’aesina takes up combined role at Hull FC

Hull FC prop Feka Palea’aesina will take up a combined role at the club in 2016 – mixing his playing career with a new role as the club’s player welfare officer.

The 32-year-old ex-Wigan prop will continue to lace up his boots despite the new role.

“We have long had a vision to keep Feka at the club as a reward for the fantastic commitment he has made to us, not only as a player but as a person. He is exactly the character we want around Hull FC,” said Hull owner Adam Pearson.

“Whilst his focus and priority in the short term will still be on his playing career and cementing a place in the side, this now gives him peace of mind over his future employment and the chance to really grow in a position off-the-field at the club.

“We can’t think of anyone better placed to act as a strong support for our players, especially as a role model for the younger lads, and we know he will be a success in the new position.”

Palea’aesina , who was the club’s community player of the year last season, said: “When I spoke to Adam Pearson and he said he was keen to keep me on board I was over the moon.

“It means a lot to me to be given this role. I owe a lot to this club. They took a gamble on me when no one else did and I just want to give something back.

“I’ve been very lucky to have played the game I’ve loved for so many years and it’s great to know I’ll be here for the foreseeable future.”