4th July 2018, 07:30 | Hull

Hull FC extend Minichiello contract

Hull FC extend Minichiello contract

Back-rower Mark Minichiello has signed a one-year contract extension at the Black & Whites, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2019 season. 

With Albert Kelly, Carlos Tuimavave, Fetuli Talanoa, Masi Matongo, Jordan Lane, Brad Fash and Jake Connor all committing their future to the club so far this season by signing extensions, Minichiello becomes the latest to sign the dotted line on a new deal. 

After first joining the club from NRL-side Gold Coast Titans at the start of the 2015 season, the 36-year old will play on into his fifth year for the Airlie Birds in 2019. 

Minichiello has gone on to make over 100 appearances under Hull FC head coach Lee Radford, appearing in both the 2016 and 2017Challenge Cup Finals, as well as picking up the 2015 Hull FC Player of the Year award in his debut year, and being named in the Super League Dream Team two years ago. 

The former South Sydney man was also captain of the Italian international side at last year’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.  

Minichiello said: “I’m delighted to have signed the dotted line for 2019.  

“I’ve been here four years now and really happy to make it my fifth season at the club next year.  

“Now it’s all sorted hopefully I can purely concentrate on matters on the field in the next few weeks as we push for Old Trafford." 

Head coach Lee Radford added: “Mini’s quality was never in doubt when he joined the club. He’s been huge on and off the field since 2015. 

“Mark is the most professional player I have ever come across, and right up there with the likes of Craig Fitzgibbon and Richard Swain.  

“He does some outlandish things to get those one percents to give us an advantage, like sleep patterns for example, but it works for him so credit to him. He’s 36 and in great condition so he’s doing something right. 

“He’s head and shoulders above anyone else I’ve met with regards to how he prepares for a game. He’s brilliant to have around the club.”