Junior Sa’u makes move to League One leaders

James Gordon
Junior Sa'u in action for Leigh

Keighley have signed former New Zealand and Samoa international centre Junior Sa’u for the remainder of the 2022 season.

Sa’u, 35, has been playing rugby union in America wiith Old Glory DC since leaving Leigh at the end of the last campaign.

He becomes the second high-profile signing of late for Keighley, following the signing of former Wigan prop Eddy Pettybourne.

Cougars Head of Rugby, Andrew Henderson, said: “With Taylor Prell moving on recently, it was important that we moved quickly to secure a quality replacement to give us some extra cover in our outside back department.

“When I found out Junior was available, we moved quickly to give him an opportunity.

“And after speaking to him, he was happy to take it with us.

“Junior is a quality person first and foremost, with the added bonus of being a quality player who has achieved a lot during his career both at club and international level.

“He is still hungry to achieve more, and I am sure his desire, experience, and ability, will add value to our playing group, especially our younger outside backs.

“We look forward to seeing what Junior will bring to the team, and we look forward to welcoming him and his family to the Cougars.”

Junior Sa’u played for Newcastle Knights and Melbourne Storm in the NRL, before moving to the UK with Salford in 2014.

He scored 59 tries in 142 appearances for the Red Devils, and also had a loan spell at Wakefield.

After joining Leigh mid-way through 2019, he spent the past two seasons with them, including last year in Super League.

Keighley are top of the League One table with nine wins from nine, having beaten closest rivals North Wales Crusaders last weekend.

Sa’u will wear the number 23 jersey at Cougar Park.

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