Cunningham ‘frightened’ by prospect of Lami’s potential

Keiron Cunningham is delighted withthe  capture of Lama Tasi from Salford Red Devils.
Keiron Cunningham is delighted withthe capture of Lama Tasi from Salford Red Devils.
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St Helens have signed Samoa prop Lama Tasi from Salford Red Devils.

The 25-year-old former Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos forward will be out of contract at the end of the season.

He has signed a two-year deal with Saints starting from next year.

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham said: “Lama is a great acquisition for the club and will add a great deal to our pack next season.

“He carries the ball well, is big, strong and powerful and at 25 it’s frightening to think he still can improve.

“We are all excited at the prospect of working with him.

“With the youngsters we have coming through the system here, as well as the experience the senior players bring, we have a good balanced squad for this season and beyond.”

The capture of the 6ft 3ins, 16st 7lb Tasi, a former Junior Kiwi who joined Salford from Brisbane 18 months ago, suggests that his fellow Samoa international Mose Masoe could be on his way out of Langtree Park.

Masoe, 26, is out of contract at St Helens this year and has been linked with a return to his former NRL club Penrith Panthers, as well as St George Illawarra, Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Warriors.

Salford, meanwhile, are involved in the first game of Magic Weekend today.

There will be a sombre start with a minute’s silence to be held ahead of their match against Widnes as a mark of respect to the late father of the Red Devils’ Griffin brothers.

Darrell, Josh and George Griffin are all set to play together for the first time, four days after Martin Griffin died of a heart attack at the age of 58.

“The thoughts of all at the Red Devils are with their family this week,” a Salford spokesman said.

“We are incredibly proud that all three have put their hands up to play.”

London Broncos have signed Scotland prop Jonny Walker on loan from fellow Championship club Leigh Centurions to the end of the season.

The former Castleford Tigers and Hull KR forward has been named in Broncos coach Andrew Henderson’s 19-man squad for tomorrow’s game against his hometown club Bradford Bulls.

Walker recently completed a loan spell at Whitehaven and Henderson said: “Jonny will add size, aggression and experience to the pack.

“Even though he’s only 24 years old he’s had plenty of Super League and Championship experience.

“Jonny sees this as a great opportunity and I’m sure he’ll grab it with both hands.

“I’m really excited to have Jonny on board and his addition gives us much needed cover in the front-row.”

Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “With London being a full-time club it is less disruptive for Jonny.

“He will be training continually rather than training at our club full-time and then spending part of the week at a part-time club.

“We will continue to monitor his progress during his time at London. As part of the agreement Jonny will not be able to feature in any game against Leigh Centurions during the loan period.”