St Helens sign up Tonga World Cup hopeful Agnatius Paasi for another year

The 30-year-old prop has intimated he wants to stay at Saints even longer.

<p>St Helens' Agnatius Paasi (centre) is tackled by Castleford Tigers' Jesse Sene-Lefao (back left) and George Griffin (right)</p>

St Helens' Agnatius Paasi (centre) is tackled by Castleford Tigers' Jesse Sene-Lefao (back left) and George Griffin (right)

St Helens are moving fast in tying down players to ensure their almost non-stop success over recent years continues unabated.

Agnatius Paasi is the latest to put pen to paper, signing a 12-month deal and also hinting he is keen to stay at the Totally Wicked Stadium even longer.

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The ferocious tackling Tongan international said: “I’m really happy to stay at the club and so is my partner and our children.”

Saints’ boss Kristian Woolf, who is also coach of the Tongan international side, said: “Iggy is a popular member of the squad and he has had a massive impact with us.

“He has a great skill set, offload game and I like what he does defensively. He will continue to improve and he fits the role we want from him perfectly.”

The 30-year-old joined St Helens in 2021 after spells in the NRL with the New Zealand Warriors and Gold Coast Titans and featured in the club’s double triumph - a Challenge Cup Final victory over Castleford Tigers followed by a Grand Final win at the expense of the Catalans Dragons.

Now he is setting his sights of helping St Helens lift the 2022 Grand Final and the League Leaders’ Shield and, fingers crossed, being called up by Tonga for the end of season World Cup.