St Helens swap Joe Greenwood for Zeb Taia

St Helens swap Joe Greenwood for Zeb Taia

After days of speculation, St Helens have confirmed that they have signed Gold Coast Titans back-rower Zeb Taia with Joe Greenwood going the other way.

Keiron Cunningham said he wouldn’t stand in the way if Greenwood wanted to make the move down under, and the Saints boss kept his word as the deal was announced last night.

Former Catalans forward Taia, 32, has joined the Red V until the end of the 2019 season and brings with him vast experience in the NRL, Super League and on the International stage.

“We’re delighted to have signed a player of Zeb’s calibre,” said Cunningham.

“He will bolster our squad immediately. He is powerful, possesses a great offload and like our other signings this season, will bring big game experience to the Saints.”

Meanwhile Greenwood, 23, has signed with the Titans until the end of 2019 having played 77 times for the Saints after making his debut against his hometown Oldham in 2012.

“We wouldn’t want to stand in the way of any player wishing to ply their trade elsewhere,” Cunningham added.

“Joe has been given a good opportunity at the Gold Coast. It’s always difficult to lose a homegrown player and personally I will be sad to see him leave.

I’ve worked hard with Joe to develop his game and help him grow as a person – and he has done just that. Hopefully, one day after a successful NRL career, he will pull on the Red V again.”