Hull FC have confirmed two new deals for New Zealand centre Carlos Tuimavave and Zimbabwean born prop Masimbaashe Matongo as they sign for 2 and 3-year deals respectively.
It seems apparent the news of the re-signings comes as a timely boost to deflect the other news of Liam Watts heading out of the doors to local rivals Castleford.
New Zealand-born Tuimavave has already proved an important squad player, scoring 22 tries in 54 appearances in all competitions.
The 26-year-old also featured in both the 2016 and the 2017 Challenge Cup Finals, assisting in the Black & Whites’ back-to-back victories in the tournament.
Carlos Tuimavave commented:
“I’m absolutely buzzing to sign the contract. When the club approached me about signing a new deal, there was never really any doubt in my mind that I wanted to extend my stay.”
“The club have been so good to me and they have supported my family very well. I’ve been made to feel so welcome here in Hull, which made my decision so easy.”
“When you’re involved in a team that has won silverware in the last two years, there’s no way you’d want to walk away from that.
“I’m really looking forward to the next few years now because I think we’ve got a good shot at reaching the Grand Final. I’ve got a real ambition to achieve that and hopefully we can get there this year.”
Masimbaashe Matongo, 21, also expressed his delight at signing a new three-year deal on the back of making his first Super League start last week against Leeds Rhinos.
Masimbaashe Matongo commented:
“I first got a call a few weeks ago, saying that Hull wanted to extend my contract, so I was absolutely buzzing to hear that news,”
Zimbabwe-born Matongo had previously made 12 Super League appearances for the Black and Whites from the bench since making his debut in 2015.
“I’ve been really happy with the way I’ve been playing lately and I’m looking forward to getting my head down and working hard to improve even more these next few years.
“The contract extension allows me to put a marker down and it will give me the encouragement to try and get up there with the best in the game.”
Hull, who currently sit seventh in the Super League table, having won just two of their opening five games, are desperate for a win on their travels to Salford on Friday evening.