Outside back Mahe Fonua has said he cannot wait to link back up with Lee Radford after signing a one-year deal with Castleford Tigers (Castleford – 22/1 to win the Grand Final).

The 28-year-old decided to leave Hull FC at the end of the regular season, where he won two Challenge Cups under Radford, who was sacked in March 2020.

Fonua, who also had spells at Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers, has now got a fresh challenge to look forward to in 2022 and he says Radford’s appointment at Cas tempted him to make the switch.

He told the club’s official website: “One of the key factors for me signing with Cas was the relationship I have with Lee.

“For me, I think the timing has been ideal, with Radford coming in, the start of a new chapter, and the new signings he’s bringing into the club – I’m really excited to be a part of it.

“I see the squad he’s aiming to build, and I wanted to be part of it. I think our team can do some damage, and who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”

Fonua will link up with fellow new signings Callum McLelland and Suaia Matagi, who both put pen to paper in recent days.

Matagi spent last season on loan from Huddersfield Giants and has been rewarded with a two-year contract.

McLelland has re-signed on a two-year contract, with the option of two further seasons, having left Leeds Rhinos (Leeds – 9/1 to win the Grand Final) at the end of the regular season.

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