Saints confirm capture of Fiji captain Naiqama

St Helens have completed the signing of Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama on a three-year deal.

As revealed on TotalRL last week, the Wests Tigers centre has agreed to join the Super League high flyers ahead of the 2019 season.

Renowned for his pace and creative style of play, Naiqama has made 102 NRL appearances, scoring 47 tries.

He captained Fiji at the 2017 World Cup.

“Kevin is a great coup for the club and we’re really looking forward to having him on board next season,” said Saints head coach Justin Holbrook.

“He has a wealth of experience in the NRL and, as current captain of Fiji, will bring leadership to our side.

“He’s lightning quick too, with great hands, and can finish from all over the park.”

Naiqama added: “I am really looking forward to getting over to St Helens for the next three years. I love the fact the club is family orientated and the fact they are successful. They are one of the top teams who are always competing and that is appealing to me.

“The thought of winning a Super League Grand Final or Challenge Cup would be unreal and I feel I can do that with the Saints and the squad they have.

“I have a lot to offer; I am a versatile player who can play on the left or right and I still feel I am learning too. I don’t feel I have reached the pinnacle of my football yet and St Helens can help me do that. I feel they can bring more football out of me defensively and with the ball in hand.

“I feel I have made a great choice to join the club – now my focus is on this season with the Tigers. They have been a massive contributor to how I am as a player and I will be giving them my best as we look to reach the semis and beyond.

“I want to leave here on a good note but I am also looking forward to getting over to St Helens for the next three years and hopefully helping them achieve further success.”