St Helens have introduced the signing of NRL participant Waqa Blake on a one-year deal for the 2024 Tremendous League season.
Blake will take up the No 3 jersey on the membership and the surface again joins the competitors after 165 NRL video games to his identify and 62 tries within the competitors.
He has spent the final 4 and a half seasons with the Parramatta Eels and was a key member of their squad that reached the 2022 Grand Ultimate.
On signing for St Helens, Blake mentioned: “I can not wait! I used to be excited to recover from as quickly as Paul [Wellens] and Mike [Rush] gave me a hoop to say it was achieved, particularly to an important membership like St Helens. I am wanting ahead to switching from the warmth to the chilly!
“To return to a membership like St Helens the place they’ve at all times been within the high 4 or high two, after which such an enormous factor successful four-in-a-row, I am hoping I can slot in, and we are able to win one other one. Simply taking a look at all of the gamers that they’ve there, all of the strike, I am eager to get to work.
“I believe it is getting higher [Super League], I noticed St Helens beat Penrith final 12 months within the World Membership Problem, nobody would have thought it.
“The standard of soccer is getting higher and you’ll see that within the England aspect that performed Tonga.
“I’ve performed with Kevin Naiqama and he killed it at Saints, and I watched the Grand Ultimate the place he gained Man of the Match.
“He instructed me quite a bit about Tremendous League after we had been within the Fiji camp, how particular it’s over there, and that Saints are an important bunch of boys, so I am wanting ahead to it.”
Head coach Paul Wellens added: “We have now been looking out for a while now and we had different bits across the wage cap that we wanted to kind; in retaining our personal gamers which is at all times vital. However this has additionally been on the forefront of our minds, and we’re so happy to herald a participant of Waqa’s high quality into the squad.
“He’s making an enormous dedication in coming over to the opposite aspect of the world and we’re assured he’ll settle in effectively and prefer it over right here.
“We have now nice success by way of our abroad gamers doing that and going out on the sector to carry out effectively. From our finish, he’ll come extremely motivated and are available to show a degree which is able to solely assist him and his performances, in addition to our group.”
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