Mose Masoe may have suffered a slow start to his Saints career after arriving with an ankle injury - but he’s making up for lost time now.
The 20-stone Samoan international, 25, has starred in recent weeks and is quickly becoming a fans’ favourite at Langtree Park.
Team-mate Jordan Turner said: “Mose’s the type of bloke you want on your team. He’s adapted to Super League more now - I don’t think he was used to having three or four players dangling off his back.
“But he’s adapted his game and is putting a few passes on and is coming for the ball from deep - all credit to him. And we’re reaping the rewards for it as a team.
He added: “It’s tough for a big guy like him to miss pre-season. It took him a while to get going but he’s firing on all cylinders now and we’re all really happy with him.”
Masoe’s club and international team-mate, Sia Soliola, also backed the powerhouse prop to keep up his impressive recent form.
He said: “People forget that Mose has had two big things to come to terms with - moving to a different country and a big ankle injury. He had a really good World Cup campaign but it was always going to take him a bit of time to adapt.
“The scary thing is that he can still get even better and I know how much other people hate playing against him.”
Masoe arrived at Langtree Park with a glowing reputation after a blistering World Cup campaign during which he tore into defences.
Now fully-recovered, his rampaging style of play, evident against Bradofrd Bulls, has quickly won him a loyal following among Saints fans.
Saints coach Nathan Brown said: “Mose arrived with a bad injury, which held him back. He’s a big guy who needed to build up his fitness.
“But he’s now getting into the shape he was in when we signed him last year. Picking up an injury in the World Cup wasn’t his fault, and he’s definitely taken a step forward.”