KEIGHLEY Cougars have announced the signing of Junior Sa’u for the remainder of the 2022 season.

The Samoan international centre arrives at Cougar Park from Old Glory DC following the conclusion of the Major League Rugby Union season at the other side of the Atlantic.

Adding experience, raw power, and more try scoring ability to the Cougars backline ahead of the second half of the season, it is another recruit that has pleased head of rugby Andrew Henderson.

“With Taylor Prell moving on recently, it was important that we moved quickly to secure a quality replacement to give us some extra cover in our outside back department,” admitted Henderson.

“When I found out Junior was available, we moved quickly to give him an opportunity.

“And after speaking to him, he was happy to take it with us.

“Junior is a quality person first and foremost, with the added bonus of being a quality player who has achieved a lot during his career both at club and international level.

“He is still hungry to achieve more, and I am sure his desire, experience, and ability, will add value to our playing group, especially our younger outside backs.

“We look forward to seeing what Junior will bring to the team, and we look forward to welcoming him and his family to the Cougars.”

Born in New Zealand, Sa’u began his rugby league career with the Logan Brothers club in Queensland before joining the Canberra Raiders.

Playing with the Raiders youth team, he joined the Newcastle Knights ahead of the 2008 season.

He would score 26 tries in 86 appearances over four years with the Knights, earning international recognition.

Originally declaring for New Zealand, Sa’u scored eight tries in nine appearances for the Kiwis and was a part of the side that stunned Australia to win the 2010 Four Nations competition.

After leaving Newcastle, he moved onto Melbourne Storm but with game time limited the decision was made to head to the Super League and sign with the Salford Red Devils.

Before he arrived in the United Kingdom however, Sa’u played in the Rugby League World Cup for Samoa after changing his international allegiance.

After finally landing in Salford, he quickly cemented his status as an icon among the Red Devils faithful, being voted the club’s player of the year in his debut season.

During five and a half years at the AJ Bell Stadium, Sa’u scored 60 tries in 142 appearances and was part of the side that sensationally came back from behind to defeat Hull Kingston Rovers in the 2016 Million Pound Game.

Despite the Red Devils progressing under Ian Watson, game time became limited for the centre and in 2019 he initially moved on loan to Wakefield Trinity before departing Salford permanently to sign with the Leigh Centurions.

A part of the Leigh team awarded promotion to Super League for the 2021 season, he was unable to help the Centurions avoid an immediate relegation back to the Championship with three tries in 26 appearances.

Sa’u moved away from Leigh Sports Village and switched codes, spending the past few months playing in North America’s premier rugby union competition with Old Glory DC.

He has been assigned the number 23 jersey for the remainder of the season.