The Newcastle Knights have announced the signing of Mickey Paea, with the forward joining the club on a two-year deal from the 2016 NRL season.
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Paea is currently playing for English Super League outfit Hull FC, but made his first-grade debut in the NRL with the Sydney Roosters in 2005.
The 29-year-old played 56 NRL games for the Roosters, St George Illawarra and Canterbury before moving to England in 2012.
Knights football director Michael Hagan said the club was delighted to add some size to its forward pack.
“Mickey will add some size, strength and experience to our forward pack,” Hagan said in a Knights statement.
“He comes highly recommended and we are delighted to have him join our football club from next season.”
The Tongan international said he is looking forward to a return to the NRL.
“I am delighted to be able to return to the NRL after four years in the UK Super League,” Paea said.
“Whilst I have enjoyed every minute of the UK Super League and experience living life in Hull, I’m very excited to be returning to the NRL.
“The Newcastle Knights greatly appealed to me as I know members of the coaching staff and I’m impressed with their vision for the first team in 2016 and beyond.”
The Knights currently sit 10th on the NRL ladder with a 50% record and face a tough challenge against the Brisbane Broncos on Monday.