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Super League: Hull FC sign Fetuli Talanoa for next season

Last Updated: 14/11/13 9:12am

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Fetuli Talanoa: Career put on hold after bout of pneumonia

Fetuli Talanoa: Career put on hold after bout of pneumonia

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Hull FC have made former South Sydney outside back Fetuli Talanoa their sixth new signing for next season.

The 25-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months, and he will join Lee Radford's squad for pre-season training subject to being granted a work permit.

The versatile Aucklander, who can play at centre, full-back or wing, scored 40 tries in 95 appearances for the Rabbitohs from 2006-12 and also featured for Tonga in the 2008 World Cup.

Talanoa is looking to get his career back on track after suffering a life-threatening bout of pneumonia, and he is looking forward to his first experience of the Super League.

"Hull FC have given me an opportunity and I'm really excited for it," he said. "I can't wait to get over there and represent the Black and Whites.

Looking forward

"For me it's about getting back into playing rugby league. League is where my heart is and that's what I enjoy doing but first of all, I've got to make the team and that's a battle I'm really looking forward to."

Radford added: "This is a great opportunity for him and one that could also prove to be an excellent signing for us.

"Fetuli was quite a player in the early part of his career, very strong, quick and powerful and someone that can play numerous positions, so it was surprising, although understandable, when he chose to take a period away from the game.

"I know a number of other clubs have been keeping tabs on him following conversations with agents and coaches over the last few months, particularly Brisbane who have looked at him a couple of times, so to come out on top despite competition like that it is very pleasing."

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