St Helens’ new signing Wesley Bruines opens up on why he made the move from South Sydney Rabbitohs

Yesterday St Helens announced the signing of Tee Ritson on loan with an option for a permanent move after the first year.

That was believed to be the Super League Champions’ final signing as they prepare for their title defence as he took the vacant 25 shirt.

However, the Saints have now signed promising youngster Wesley Bruines on a one year deal.

Bruines, 19, is an outside back from Dewsbury who spent last season in Australia with the South Sydney Rabbitohs development team.

Despite missing out on a scholarship contract in a Super League set-up, he continued to work hard, and that work ethic saw him rewarded with an appearance for the Yorkshire U17s side, and the England Community Lions.

Following those impressive displays, he joined Wakefield, who beat competition from other Super League sides for his signature and signed a contract until the end of 2021.

Following this, he moved to Australia and was rewarded with a development contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs while at the Coffs Harbour Comets.

The outside back has opened up on the move on the club’s website: “The chance to be in the squad of the best team in England and the current champions is an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down. Once I had decided to come back home and there was interest there I had to jump at it.

“I know how hard these opportunities are to come by, but I’ve worked for this my whole life and I think this is a step I’m ready for, and I’m ready to work even harder now for my new teammates and show the coaches what I’m all about.

“Having come home from Australia I can’t think of anywhere better to continue to improve and take that next step. I can’t wait to get started and push for a place in the squad.”

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