Joseph Paulo agrees to join St Helens for 2019 season

St Helens have confirmed the signing of forward Joseph Paulo on a three-year deal from the beginning of next season – with the back-rower becoming the Saints’ third signing for 2019.

Equally adept at second row or loose-forward, the Kiwi will bring plenty of experience to Justin Holbrook’s side having played more than 160 appearances in the NRL. He has also gained eleven caps for Samoa and captained the USA in the 2013 World Cup.

Saints head coach Justin Holbrook said: “I’ve watched Joseph for a number of years now and I admire how he plays the game.

“He has a high skill level, with good vision, and will be a good addition to the squad next season.”

Paulo said: “The decision to leave the NRL and come over to the UK is one I am really excited about. It was a choice that was made easier too when I knew I was coming over to a great club like St. Helens.

“They have been a successful club for many years and with the culture they have built over time I just wanted to be a part of it.

“The timing felt right with a young family too and it will be great to link up with some old friends there.

“I know Zeb Taia and Ryan Morgan and also played with Ben Barba at the Sharks. I’m close to Kevin Naiqama so it will be good to play alongside those boys.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the Saints fans and showing what I can do.”

Paulo is Saints’ third signing ahead of the 2019 season with Fijian captain Kevin Naiqama and Joe Bachelor already committing their future to the club.