Hull FC star Carlos Tuimavave has pledged his long-term future to the club by signing a new four-year contract.
The Samoan international has extended his stay with the club to at least the end of the 2024 season.
The firm fans’ favourite joined the Black & Whites in 2016 from Newcastle Knights, going on to play over 100 Super League games and winning the Challenge Cup twice.
Tuimavave is a regular fixture in the Hull side, having played centre and half back, and has understandably been courting attention from a number of clubs on both sides of the world.
However, the 28-year-old says he never considered signing anywhere else.
“I’m really happy to sign at the club long term, it was an easy decision as my family are really happy and settled in Hull.
“We love the club, the city and the fans. It is a place we have made our home and I’m fully focused now on playing my best footy for the team and seeing where the next few years takes us.
“The club is ambitious and we want to be challenging for honours and that is something I want to play a part in.
“I’d like to thank the club for their ongoing support, and to Adam and James who have been great to me and my family since we got here. I really couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else.”
Tuimavave has been Mr Consistent once again this season, enjoying a strong 2020 campaign despite a disrupted schedule.
One of Super League’s stand-out centres, the Samoan has scored 5 tries in 9 Super League games, as well as making 46 tackle busts and clocking up 1,106 metres, an average of 122 metres per game.
The outside back is one half of a prominent three-quarter line that also boasts in-form Josh Griffin, who has also contributed 4 tries, 3 assists, 49 tackle busts and 1,374 metres.
Interim Head Coach, Andy Last, believes Tuimavave is in his prime and says club are pleased to retain a player of his calibre.
“We have two of the best strike centres in the competition and they have been our in-form and most consistent players this season, as Carlos has been since he arrived at the club in 2016.
“When you talk about building a squad around culture, consistency and professionalism, Carlos is the epitome of that.
“At his age and experience, he is in his prime and I know he really has aspirations to help take his career and the club forward.
“We are looking for him to take a leading role in our group, as well as help nurture an exciting crop of young backs we have in our system.”
Meanwhile, fellow centre Kieron Buchanan will leave the club at the end of the season to join Championship side, Batley Bulldogs, in search of regular first-team rugby.
With a number of outside backs already under contract at the club, including Tuimavave, Griffin and Mahe Fonua, as well as England Academy internationals Cameron Scott, Jude Ferreira and Joel Speed, first-team opportunities and squad space will be at a premium.
The club would like to wish Kieron all the best in the next step in his career and the door will remain open in the future.