Hull's progress excites Paea

26 December 2017 20:33:17 GMTPlus11

New Hull FC signing Mickey Paea says he's relishing the opportunity to line up against some of the club's rising stars, as he prepares for his second spell with the club.

Paea expects to line up alongside a number of players who were still rising through the ranks during his last period at the KCOM Stadium.

"There are guys that have gone on to establish themselves as well since I was here like Chris Green and even Brad Fash played a lot last season. I'm excited to take the field with everyone," said Paea, who says he is also eager to share the field with compatriot Sika Manu.

"I can't wait to play with Sika. I played with him for Tonga in the past. I like how he goes about his business. He doesn't say much but he does a lot on the field and that speaks more to me."

Paea added that he isn't surprised by the level of success the club has enjoyed in recent years, and he will be working hard to help the club secure a first ever Grand Final success, when the 2018 season starts with a home match against Huddersfield Giants on Thursday 1st February.

"I've joined a champion team now, but things were already heading that way when I left. In my last presentation at the club at the end of 2015," added Paea.

"I remember we declared that we were going to be a top-four team that would fight for the Challenge Cup."

Hull areĀ 17.00 to win the Challenge Cup in 2018 while Huddersfield can be backed at 1213.00.

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