Saints star Hohaia becomes a father

Saints and Exiles' player Lance Hohaia
Saints and Exiles' player Lance Hohaia

POPULAR Saints star Lance Hohaia has become a father for the first time.

The Kiwi stand-off’s partner Marisa gave birth to son Tyler James at Whiston Hospital last week.

Former New Zealand Warrirors ace Hohaia has been one of the club’s top performers during a topsy-turvey season.

He was St Helens’ marque off-season signing after spending more than a decade with the Auckland club.

Hohaia was among seven Saints stars to feature in Saturday’s England Exiles game.

Teammate and club skipper Paul Wellens was among the first congratulate Hohaia, joking: “One positive is that they won’t have to spend much money on baby clothes as in a month or so young Tyler will have no problem fitting into all Lance’s gear.”