Paea heading home as Taylor joins Hull

Mickey Paea of Hull KR is stopped
Mickey Paea of Hull KR is stopped
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Hull have announced the capture of former Hull KR forward Scott Taylor but have revealed that fellow front rower Mickey Paea will return to Australia after rejecting their offer of a new contract.

Paea, 29, who joined the Black and Whites from Hull KR at the start of last season, was poised to extend his stay at the KC Stadium until an opportunity arose for him to return to the NRL in 2016.

Hull coach Lee Radford said: “We’re obviously disappointed to lose Mickey at the end of the year as he is a terrific player and an even better person.

“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 destination of Paea, who had spells in the NRL with Sydney Roosters, St George Illawarra and Canterbury Bulldogs before moving to Super League in 2012, is set to be revealed later this week.

Meanwhile, Taylor says he is looking forward to “coming home” after finally completing his protracted move.

The 24-year-old prop, who is spending the 2015 season on loan from Wigan to Salford, has signed a four-year contract with Hull from next season.