The St George Illawarra Dragons fans have been crying out for some big boppers in their team and they may have the man they are after, with Mose Masoe to return to Australia after signing a 2-year deal with the club.
Currently playing for St Helens in the Super League, Masoe is a Samoan international and has been capped seven times for his country and was a member of the Saints premiership-winning season last year.
Originally at the Roosters before then signing with the Penrith Panthers, Masoe has forged a reputation on being a hard hitter and a hard runner, assets that will only boost the Dragons forward pack from 2016.
A Randwick Kingfishers junior, Masoe has played in 108 first-grade games in the NRL to date and the club are excited to have him on board for next year.
â€œMose will be a welcome addition to the Club as he is able to provide both the additional size and go-forward which is vital in all strong forward-packs,â€ said Dragons Director of Recruitment & Retention Peter Mulholland.
â€œHe is presently playing his trade in the traditionally-physical Super League competition and is a key player for the strong St Helens club.
â€œWe look forward to welcoming him to the Club during the off-season.â€
A crucial part of the St Helens forward pack over the last couple of seasons, the club are keen to end his tenure on a high.
“We’re sad to be losing Mose Masoe as he has been a popular member of the squad and been at the hub of a pack that has been superb this year,” said St Helens coach Kieron Cunningham.
“He is a really good bloke who I know will want to end his Saints career with more winner’s medals.”
With the desire to return home, whilst they are disappointed to lose Masoe, the Saints were not going to stand in his way.
“Naturally we’re disappointed to lose Mose but we wouldn’t stand in the way of a player who wants to return home,” said St Helens Chairman, Mike Rush.
“He is enjoying his time in St Helens and has settled in well – becoming a real fans’ favourite.
“Having spoken to Mose, he is determined to finish the rest of this season on a high and once again cap it with a Grand Final winner’s medal.”