Samoan centre Carlos Tuimavave has reflected on a special day, having put in a Man of the Match effort against Castleford on the same day his new contract with the club was announced.
The 28-year old put pen to paper on a new long-term four year deal wo keep him at Hull until the end of the 2024 season, before scoring two tries in Hull’s Coral Challenge Cup win over Castleford Tigers on Sunday.
Speaking after the match, Tuimavave said: “What a day, eh? I’m really happy to get the win this afternoon. Pulling on these jerseys is pretty special and getting through to the next round is massive for us.
“The club have a lot of history in the Challenge Cup. We love playing in this knock-out competition, but saying that this is just one step of the way and it is going to get tougher as we move on in the competition.
“Hopefully this can be the start of another cup run! It is early days yet and we’re only one step of the way on the journey to Wembley so our attention is firmly on that quarter-final next week now.”
Despite the announcement of his new contract before the game, the centre says his focus was purely on his performance on the field ahead of kick-off.
“I tried to stay off social media before the game. I knew it was getting announced but I was just trying to focus on my routine as normal.”
Tuimavave also paid credit to the played who featured in both Thursday’s and Sunday’s games, adding: “Credit to the players that played on Thursday and today too. They really toughed it out and its been a big few days for the club.
“We’ve been through some really tough times over the last six months so hopefully these two wins will allowed us a platform to build-on.”