Former Melbourne Storm junior Levy Nzoungou has signed a two-year contract with Hull FC ahead of the 2019 season.
It was announced yesterday that Joe Westerman has been tied down to the Black & Whites for a further year, whilst powerful Salford youngster Nzoungou comes in to add more size to Hull’s front row.
The 20-year-old has also featured for St Helens and Melbourne Storm at academy level, as well as representing Toulouse in his native France before joining Salford Red Devils this year.
The powerful prop, who was born in Congo, was a popular figure in St Helens’ academy and reserve teams before heading down under.
He featured in the Saints academy squad that won the Grand Final in 2016, alongside the likes of Danny Richardson and Regan Grace.
Since returning to the UK, Nzoungou made his Super League debut earlier this year against Wigan, whilst has also gained valuable experience on loan at Oldham, Whitehaven and Swinton.
Having been brought up in France since the age of 8, Nzoungou has also represented the French national U18’s squad.
Speaking to hullfc.com, he said: “I’ve come to Hull FC to settle down, work hard and make the most of the opportunity.
“I have had good experience at a number of clubs so far, but I would like to come here and stay for as many years as possible and become a key part of the team.
“It is a great club and everyone has been very welcoming.
“Lee has explained the opportunity for me here and how to have a spot in the squad, so I am going to work hard for it and I am determined to do well.”
The arrival of the 6ft1 prop means that Hull will have one of the league’s most diverse front rows next season, including Congolese, Zimbabwean and Tongan players, as well as fellow new arrival Lewis Bienek, who is of Polish descent.
On adding another promising young forward to his squad, Hull FC head coach Lee Radford said: “I’m really excited to work with Levy because I think he’ll be a great player with the right time and investment.”
“The reserves will give him a good opportunity to play consistent rugby league next season, which will hopefully help in his development to push for a regular place in the first team.
“He adds more valuable depth to our squad and is one to watch.”