Masoe: Why I had to leave my beloved Saints

Mose Masoe during his time with Saints
Mose Masoe during his time with Saints

Being back in the bosom of his family Down Under means more than anything else to former Saints' icon Mose Masoe - and a major reason why he left Langtree Park at the end of Super League XX.

The 26-year-old St George Illawarra powerhouse prop, who became a fans' favourite during his two-year stint in this country, told the Australian press this week that being apart from his eight-year-old son was extremely hard.

Now he is back home and enjoying the warm glow of family life once again.

Masoe, a Samoan international, told his new club's website: said: “Coming home was the big point for me because I have a son over here.

"I had him over last Christmas for like two months and he said he'd like me to come home.

"Even then my younger kids didn't have any family over in England to hang out with on the weekends so it was a matter of making everyone happy coming back to Australia

"Some of the things before we left, just like being outdoors and going to the beach, we took for granted.

“We really have enjoyed having the family close, and for me, being back in the is exciting."