Super League: St Helens sign London Broncos' Atelea Vea on two-year deal
Last Updated: 08/07/14 2:51pm
St Helens have strengthened for the 2015 Super League season with the addition of London Broncos second rower Atelea Vea on a two-year deal.
The Tonga international will be tied to the Langtree Park side for two seasons while there is also an option for an additional third campaign with Saints.
I played against Saints not too long ago and liked the feeling of the place even though we lost. The crowd were very vocal and it felt like somewhere I would like to be.
Vea, 27, made his first-grade debut for Cronulla in 2009, before moving to Melbourne Storm in 2011 and then St George-Illawarra a year later.
The 6ft, 16 stone forward joined the Broncos this season and has led the way in making more than 1,150 metres and busting nearly 40 tackles.
Vea, who was born in Sydney, told Saints' official website: “I had offers from many different clubs but once I spoke to Mike Rush and Nathan Brown, and had the chance to view Langtree Park and the training facilities.
“I felt it was the right fit for me. Saints have a nice culture and environment and that attracted me to sign.
"I played against Saints not too long ago and liked the feeling of the place even though we lost. The crowd were very vocal and it felt like somewhere I would like to be.
"I'm looking forward to playing in front of those fans and getting them on my side. I want to come there, play my own game and hopefully the fans will embrace me."
Brown added: "Atelea had a lot of interest throughout Super League and we are pleased he decided to join the Saints.
"He is a similar player to Willie Manu in the fact he is quite robust, has good feet and speed and can use the ball well. He has the ability to play before and in the line and will be a great addition to our squad.”