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The Newcastle Knights are pleased to announce Mickey Paea will join the Club next season, after agreeing to a two-year contract commencing in 2016.

Paea, who is currently playing for Hull FC, made his NRL debut in 2005 playing for the Sydney Roosters. The 29-year-old forward had played 56 first grade games before moving to England in 2012.

“Mickey will add some size, strength and experience to our forward pack,” Director of Football Michael Hagan said.

"He comes highly recommended and we are delighted to have him join our football club from next season.”

After four seasons in the English Super League, the Tongan international is looking forward to a return to the NRL.

“I am delighted to be able to return to the NRL after four years in the UK Super League,” Paea said.

“Whilst I have enjoyed every minute of the UK Super League and experience living life in Hull, I’m very excited to be returning to the NRL.

“The Newcastle Knights greatly appealed to me as I know members of the coaching staff and I’m impressed with their vision for the first team in 2016 and beyond.”