Paulo heads to France to sign with Toulouse

Joseph Paulo in his playing days for St Helens

He has played elite level rugby league in the NRL and Super League and Joseph Paulo will now head to France to play for Toulouse Olympique.

Paulo, who played for the Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels and Cronulla Sharks in the NRL, then made the move to Super League.

There, he played for St Helens and was a part of the club’s 2019 grand final success.

With 28 games last season and eight in 2020, Paulo moves to Toulouse for a new adventure.

“To Eamonn [McManus], Mike [Rush] and the Club, thank you for the last two years at the Saints,” said Paulo.

“You have made me and my family feel like we are at home since we arrived.”

“My teammates have made turning up every day so much fun and it’s been a pleasure to play with them all.”

Joseph Paulo playing for the USA national side

Paulo also wished the club the best for the future and he thanked the fans for their support.

“I want to wish them all the best for the future,” continued Paulo.

“Also thank you to the fans.

“It would have been nice to say farewell to you in person and although my time was short, thank you to the Saints community for the wonderful memories.”

St Helens coach Kristian Woolf praised Paulo for his time at the club.

“We thank Joseph for his efforts over the last two years,” said Woolf.

“He has been a valued member of the squad, contributing on and off the field.

“We wish him well over in France.”

Joseph Paulo playing for Samoa

As he gets ready to make the move to Toulouse, Paulo was excited at the opportunity that lies ahead of him.

“I am really grateful to Sylvain Houles, President Sarrazain, and the TO XIII club for giving me this opportunity to join the club and take part in this special project.

“The XIII allows me to come full circle: I played in Toulouse in 2006 with the Australian Schoolboys then in 2013 with the USA and today, I will be able to say that Toulouse is my home.”

Paulo is also pleased to experience French culture and the French lifestyle, something he knows he and his family will enjoy.

“This story shows my age (laughs) but also that I have the chance to live this career which brings me back to the Pink City,” continued Paulo.

“My wife and daughters are thrilled to discover French culture and life, and it is something we will remember for a long time.”

Paulo will also link up with two players he knows well in Frank Winterstein and Harrison Hansen.

“I can’t wait to meet the team, I already had the chance to play with Winterstein and Harrison and I can’t wait to start working with the guys and start the new season. ”

Joseph Paulo in his playing days for the Parramatta Eels

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