Hull FC’s Mickey Paea will leave the club at the end of the season in order to return to Australia.
The 29 year-old, who joined the Black and Whites from cross-city rivals Hull KR at the start of last season, will reveal which NRL side he will sign for later next week.
“We’re obviously disappointed to lose Mickey at the end of the year as he is a terrific player and an even better person,” Hull head coach Lee Radford told Sky Sports.
“He is respected by everyone at the club and a great player to have around the camp but we all understand his reasoning for wanting to return home and have another shot at the NRL, especially after some eye-catching performances this season.”
Radford also revealed the club pulled out all the stops to keep the former Sydney Roosters, St George-Illawara Dragons and Canterbury Bulldogs front rower at the KC Stadium next year:
“We made every effort to keep him and put a significant financial offer on the table and to his credit he looked likely to commit his future to us had an opportunity of this nature not arisen in Australia, one which might not come around again.”
The Tongan international thanked the club for their support; “I will be eternally grateful for the understanding the club have shown me over the last few months.
“They have been open and honest with me throughout and made me a great offer to stay at the club, which I would have undoubtedly accepted had the circumstances have been right.
“However, they have known and understand that my family and I had aspirations to return home and for me as a player to test myself in the NRL again and have waited patiently for me to make my decision, without any added pressure.”