13th November 2020, 17:12 | super_league
St Helens have confirmed the signing of Agnatius Paasi from New Zealand Warriors on a two-year deal, with the option for a third.
Due to an ankle injury, Paasi only appeared on six occasions in the 2020 NRL season for the Warriors but managed to cross for two tries.
The Tongan forward came through the ranks at the Warriors before spending three seasons with Gold Coast Titans between 2015 and 2017 making 54 appearances.
On joining St Helens, Paasi said: “I am delighted to have signed with St Helens and my family and I cannot wait to come over and start our new life in England.
“I know Kristian Woolf after playing for Tonga under him and he was a big reason why I opted join the Saints. I want to prove myself to him and the fans, train hard and play my best.
“St Helens is a great club with a history of success and hopefully I can come over play my heart out and continue that success.
Head Coach Kristian Woolf added: “Iggy is as good a ball carrier I have seen in the NRL and has a similar influence with the ball in hand.
“On top of that, he has a terrific skill set and offload ability along with a pre-line pass ability. He is the type of player that can turn the momentum of a game in your favour and he is a big defensive player too. All of which I feel will really add to our team.
“I have coached him for Tonga, and I remember we played against PNG in the most arduous conditions I have ever been involved in. It was a tough, tight game where you need to stand up and be counted and he was of the ones who really stood out.
“We are looking forward to having him with us ahead of the 2021 season.”