SAINTS have signed international front rower Luke Douglas on a three year deal.
The 17 stone, 6 foot 3 prop joins from Gold Coast Titans with a pedigree that takes in more than 260 games in the NRL.
Luke, 30, has played for Cronulla too as well as making four appearances for Scotland in the 2013 World Cup.
“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge,” he said. “The club has a great profile and stature in the game and I hope to be able to contribute to developing that wonderful culture
“I am told Saints have the best fans in the game and I can’t wait to engage with them.
“I’m really looking forward to this next chapter in my life.”
After playing his junior football for Yamba Eagles and Lower Clarence Magpies, Luke made his first grade debut for Cronulla in 2006.
He went to make close to 150 appearances for the Sharks, scoring 10 tries before, moving to the Titans in 2012.
In-between, from 2006 to 2014, he never missed a first grade match though injury or suspension and his run of 215 games is the record for most consecutive appearances in the NRL.
Douglas has also played Country Origin and been 18th man for the New South Wales State of Origin team.
Saints Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said: “Luke is dynamic, tough running front rower who will bring top level NRL experience to our pack next season.
“His leadership will be important to our younger players too and we are delighted to secure his signature for the next three years.”
Luke joins Ryan Morgan in putting pen to paper at the Saints for 2017.
Main picture courtesy of Grant Trouville – picture below shows Luke in the Red V with his new born son Archibald.