Tony stays put

Put it there ... Saints players Tony Puletua (left) and Paul Wellens celebrate
Put it there ... Saints players Tony Puletua (left) and Paul Wellens celebrate
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SAINTS have beaten the Wolves at the door by re-signing powerhouse forward Tony Puletua until the end of the 2013 season.

The New Zealand international, who had been linked with a move to Warrington once his existing contract expired at the completion of engage Super League XVI, has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal, much to the delight of club officials.

Puletua, currently in his third year as a Saints player, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be seeing out my career at the club.

“Saints are the only Super League club that I would consider playing for.

“I’ve enjoyed every aspect of my time here so far, particularly the fans, who have been absolutely amazing.”

The 31-year-old second rower (pictured right), who has made more than 70 appearances for the club and scored 30 tries, added: “With a new stadium nearing completion, and some new international signing, to complement a great crop of young players coming through the system, the next couple of years are going to be more than exciting for Saints players and fans alike.”

Coach Royce Simmons said: “This is a great lift for us all.

“Tony is a rare breed of forward, who combines size with athleticism and can play both back and front row forward.

“He brings an extra dimension to our game and has been in great form of late.

“He is in prime physical conditions, and there is no doubt he can play on at the highest level for another couple of seasons after this.”