Former Melbourne Storm Winger Mahe Fonua is expected to make a NRL return in 2018.
Fonua, 24, has indicated that the 2017 season could be his last in the English Super League as he eyes a return to the NRL.
Fonua joined Hull FC at the end of the 2015 season on a 3-year deal, which is set to expire at the end of the 2018 season.
But it is understood Fonua has asked for a release from his final year, to return to Australia.
Fonua was exceptional in his first season for the ‘Black and Whites’ scoring 15 tries and was rewarded for his strong debut season by being named in the Super league Dream Team for the 2016 season.
The Wests Tigers have been heavily linked with the Tongan speedster, but expect to have strong competition, with the Newcastle Knights, Manly Sea Eagles and Canberra Raiders all showing geunie interest in Fonua.
Fonua played for the Melbourne Storm between 2012-15 and scored 24 tries in his 50 NRL appearances.
Fonua has made 12 appearance for the ‘Black and Whites’ in 2017 and has scored 4 tries and has been credited with 2 tries for the season.
A decision on his playing future going forward is expected to be decided within the coming weeks.