Saints re-sign McDonnell

St Helens have announced the signing of Shannon McDonnell until the end of next season.

The 27-year-old fullback joins from Wests Tigers, where he has been since he last played for the champions.

McDonnell joined Saints at the latter part of the 2014 campaign and played in three games before fracturing his jaw. He will effectively replace Lance Hohaia, who announced his retirement earlier this week.

“It’s clear with Jonny Lomax out for the season and Paul Wellens currently sidelined that we need cover at fullback as well as in the backs,” Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said.

“Shannon can cover a number of positions and we’d like to thank Phil Moss at Wests Tigers and his agent Steve Gillis for making it happen.

“He did a great job last season and we look forward to welcoming him to St Helens once again.”

McDonnell started his career at the Tigers and also played for Newcastle Knights in the NRL.

He represented New South Wales at Under-19s and was an Australian Junior Kangaroo.

In 2011, he moved to Hull KR and two years later joined their rivals at the KC Stadium.

As well as making more than 100 career appearances, he played for the Exiles in 2012.

He will wear squad number 34.