St Helens sign international back-rower Joseph Paulo for 2019

St Helens have signed back-rower Joseph Paulo from Cronulla Sharks on a three-year deal.

Paulo, 30, has played internationally for Samoa and USA and will move to the Totally Wicked Stadium ahead of the 2019 season.

He said: “The decision to leave the NRL and come over to the UK is one I am really excited about. 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.

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

“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.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the Saints fans and showing what I can do.”

Paulo has made more than 100 appearances in the NRL for Cronulla, Penrith and Parramatta.

He is Saints’ third signing for 2019, following Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama and York forward Joe Batchelor.

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

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