Mitieli Vulikijapani has signed an initial one-year contract extension with Hull FC, which will keep him at the Black and Whites until at least the end of the 2023 Betfred Super League season.The club also have the option to extend the Fijian outside-back’s stay by a further season should he be granted permission from the armed forces.
The 28-year-old has has made 18 appearances this season, scoring six tries for Brett Hodgson's side.
Vulikijapani is a member of the British Army and serves with the 47 Regiment Royal Artillery who have granted permission for him to stay with Hull.
Earlier this season,Vulikijapani played rugby union when he represented the Army in the Babcock Trophy victory over the Royal Navy at Twickenham.
Hull FC head coach, Brett Hodgson, said: “I am thrilled that we have secured a contract extension for Mitch, he has become a big part of our group.
“He has made quick progress in the short time he has been with us and we feel his development is still on an upwards trajectory, so we’re excited to see him continue to improve.
“We brought him into the club when his understanding of the game was relatively moderate, and although he is still learning day by day, we have been pleased with how Mitch has contributed to the squad over the last 18 months.”
He added, “His performance at the weekend highlights the progress he has made in attack and defence, he made some big contributions and we are looking forward to him growing even further in our squad.”