Saints sign Tongan international

Following confirmation of his visa, St.Helens have confirmed forward Agnatius Paasi will join the Club in 2021 after signing a two-year deal, with the option for a third.

The Tongan born prop has signed from the New Zealand Warriors where he was one of their stand-out players in 2019, being a regular starting prop, averaging over 100 metres and 28 tackles a game.

The 28-year-old, who only signed a three-year-deal with the Warriors in 2019, was hampered by an early season ankle injury playing six times and scoring twice in 2020 and has now opted for a new challenge with the Super League Champions in 2021.

On signing for the Saints, Paasi said: “I am delighted to have signed with St Helens and my family and I cannot wait to come over and start our new life in England.

“I know Kristian Woolf after playing for Tonga under him and he was a big reason why I opted to join the Saints. I want to prove myself to him and the fans, train hard and play my best.

“St Helens is a great Club with a history of success and hopefully I can come over play my heart out and continue that success.”

Head Coach Kristian Woolf said: “”I have coached him for Tonga and I remember we played against PNG in the most arduous conditions I have ever been involved in.

“It was a tough, tight game where you need to stand up and be counted and he was one of the ones who really stood out.

“We are looking forward to having him with us ahead of the 2021 season.”

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