Cronulla Sharks utility Joseph Paulo

He won a premiership with the Cronulla Sharks but now Joseph Paulo’s time in the NRL will cease, signing a three-year deal with St Helens.

With more than 160 NRL appearances to his name for the Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels and the Sharks, the Super League beckons for the utility.

The club are pleased to have signed the Samoan and American representative and admit they have watched him for some time.

“I’ve watched Joseph for a number of years now and I admire how he plays the game,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said.

“He has a high skill level, with good vision, and will be a good addition to the squad next season.”

Having thought about his future, Paulo felt the time was right for a move to the Super League.

“The decision to leave the NRL and come over to the UK is one I am really excited about,” the Samoan and American international said.

“It was a choice that was made easier, too, when I knew I was coming over to a great club like St. Helens.

“They have been a successful club for many years and with the culture they have built over time I just wanted to be a part of it.”

Paulo will not be alone, with several former team-mates also currently at the club.

“The timing felt right with a young family, too, and it will be great to link up with some old friends there,” Paulo continued.

“I know Zeb Taia and Ryan Morgan and also played with Ben Barba at the Sharks.

“I’m close to Kevin Naiqama so it will be good to play alongside those boys.”

By ricky

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