Extended Interview: Savelio Excited for New Challenge

New Black & White recruit Andre Savelio has expressed his excitement on returning to Super League having penned a three-year deal at Hull FC.

New Black & Whites’ recruit Andre Savelio has expressed his excitement on returning to Super League having penned a three-year deal at Hull FC.

The 23-year old will depart Brisbane next week and link up with the Airlie Birds as they look to continue their impressive run of form.

The former St Helens and Warrington man sat down to talk exclusively with hullfc.com ahead of his move to East Yorkshire, and explained that he is determined to do his new supporters proud when he pulls on a Black & White jersey for the first time.

“I’m really excited to come back for this new challenge, coming back to a competition that I know well and get back on my feet again.

“I’m looking forward to finding that love for the sport again. Hull are a big club so I’m really grateful for the opportunity.

He continued, “I first spoke to the Broncos about moving home about 10 days ago, then on following Wednesday I had a chat with my agent before Hull came in with an offer the day after.

“I spoke to my family and had a few things to sort out personal-wise over here and then made my final decision last weekend so it was all pretty quick.

“One of the things I’m most looking forward to being being in the city. I know a bit about Hull and the supporters and I just want to come here and do them proud.”

The New Zealand-born back-rower, who was raised in Warrington, explained that despite his stint in the NRL in 2018 not working out as initially planned due to injury, he has had some invaluable experience from his time with the Broncos.

“My time in the NRL has definitely given me some important experience. Ultimately it’s not worked out the way I had it planned after getting injured in my first game, but I’ve learnt a lot about myself out here and I’m definitely better off for it.

“A new coach has come in who wants to move in a different direction so I decided a move back home is the best for me right now, back into a familiar environment.

“The plan now is to produce some of my best rugby over the next three years. I’m 23 now so entering an important stage of my career.

“I’ve played rugby from a very young age so it has been a good chance for me to rest up for a short while and hit the ground again running for Hull.”

Savelio in action for Warrington in their World Club Series victory over Brisbane in 2017.
Savelio in action for Warrington in their World Club Series victory over Brisbane in 2017.

Savelio has already been keeping an eye on how his new teammates have been getting on in the Betfred Super League in recent weeks.

Eagerly watching the matches and results in Super League, the 23-year-old is relishing the chance to get involved after Hull’s strong start to the season.

“I woke up at 5.30am on Friday morning expecting to see Hull against Leeds on TV but it wasn’t! But I was kept updated with the score throughout the game and absolutely buzzing when I saw them 30-10 up at half-time.

“The boys are in a bit of good form at the moment so I’m really looking forward to joining up with the camp - the mood will be great after three big wins.”

Joining a pack that also features the likes of England international Scott Taylor, seasoned-veterans Sika Manu and Mark Minichiello, former team mate Joe Westerman and former Man of Steel winner Danny Houghton, Savelio knows he faces some stiff competition for a place in the team.

He said, “There’s a lot of competition for places in Hull’s pack so I’m going to have to come over and work really hard to earn a spot in the squad.

“I know Joe Westerman quite well, I played with him during his time at Warrington and he is some player!

“He is always being mentioned as one of the top loose-forwards in the league. He has been in some top form over the last few weeks so it’ll be great to link up with him again.

“Obviously there are a couple of injuries at the moment but when we have a fully fit squad out there, there will be some good players missing out on selection so I’ll have to do my upmost to make sure I’m not one of them.

“Personally, I don’t necessarily want to be noticed on the field for the fancy stuff, but instead the stuff your teammates recognise and might go unnoticed elsewhere.

“I’m a hard-working honest player who just wants to give it their all.”

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