Willie Manu persuaded to join St Helens by Soliola and Puletua

Willie Manu

Willie Manu has revealed how Sia Soliola and Tony Puletua convinced him to join St Helens for next season.

Manu told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I met Sia with the Exiles and I know TP from my time in Australia. They both had good things to say.

"It's a good club and they've got a new coach (Nathan Brown) coming in. I'm looking forward to the challenge."

The Tonga international, 32, will move from Hull FC and has agreed a two-year contract with Saints.

After lengthy discussions about the move with his family, Manu is confident he has made the right choice.

"It took us about two months to finally come to a decision," said the back-row forward. "I talked it through with my wife, we weighed up all our options and we thought it was time for a chance and a new challenge.

"I am still enjoying myself at Hull but there comes a time when you need a change and that's why I'm going to Saints.

"I'm just glad it's done and dusted. I can concentrate on trying to finish on a good note at Hull and then think about St Helens."

Manu, along with future Saints team-mates Puletua and Soliola, will start for the Exiles against England at Langtree Park on Saturday.