St Helens sign Eels hooker Joey Lussick

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Reigning Super League champions St Helens have signed Parramatta hooker Joey Lussick for next season.

The 25-year-old Lussick, who made 59 appearances for the Salford Red Devils before returning to Australia at the end of the 2020 season, has signed a three-year deal with the Saints.

Lussick, who was on the losing side against the Saints in the 2019 grand final, becomes coach Kristian Woolf's third recruit from the NRL for next season following the signing of Will Hopoate (Canterbury Bulldogs) and Curtis Sironen (Manly).

Woolf said: "Joey is a player who caught everyone's attention playing for Salford.

"He showed how hard he competes and how he can find the try line at Salford and is a proven Super League player.

"We know we need competition for places and another player in the hooker position and we have done a lot of homework on Joey.

"He is exactly the type of player and person we want. He is now showing his talent in the NRL and has the core skills of a hooker including a great kicking game and a great ability to find the try line."

Lussick, who will rival captain James Roby for the hooking spot in 2022, said: "I am really excited for the future ahead over at St Helens.

"I really enjoyed my time in England and St Helens won the year I was at Salford as well as the following year.

"They are going well again this season and I have seen nothing but strong performances. They have set the standard every week so I am looking forward to playing my part.

"James Roby has been a world-class player. I am really looking forward to picking his brains and training alongside him."

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