Super League: Sia Soliola to leave St Helens and return to the NRL at end of 2014
Last Updated: 12/04/14 10:27am
Sia Soliola: Moved to Super League back in 2010 from Sydney Roosters
St Helens coach Nathan Brown has announced Sia Soliola will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old arrived in England in 2010 from Sydney Roosters and made his 94th appearance for Saints in the 30-28 victory over Castleford Tigers on Friday night.
"He's some player is Sia and he'll be sensational for someone in Australia"
However Soliola - who captained Samoa in last year's World Cup having previously represented New Zealand at international level - has decided to return Down Under for family reasons.
"Sia has made a decision that he's going to go home at the end of this year, which is unfortunate for us," Brown said.
"We've known for a little while now. It's a big loss for us as a club but we're really happy for Sia. He loves it here but it's a family move."
Used in both the centres and the second row by Saints, Soliola is unlikely to be short of offers from NRL clubs. Brown certainly believes his next employers will be getting someone who can be "sensational" for them.
"I suggest all the clubs back home in Australia will be watching him," Brown added. "I've already had two or three phone calls.
"He's some player is Sia and he'll be sensational for someone in Australia.
"They tell me there is a lack of quality in the market in Australia and Sia's got plenty of quality. I'm sure he will do well.
"He's a good player for us and he's only 27 so he's got another four or five years back home."