GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND - APRIL 01: Zeb Taia of the Titans looks on during the round five NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium on April 1, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Super League side St Helens have signed Gold Coast Titans back-rower Zeb Taia until the end of the 2019 season, with Joe Greenwood travelling in the opposite direction.

Saints Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said: “We’re delighted to have signed a player of Zeb’s calibre and he will bolster our squad immediately. He is powerful, possesses a great offload and like our other signings this season, will bring big game experience to the Saints.”

As a result of the move, Saints have allowed second rower Greenwood to take up a contract in the NRL with the Gold Coast Titans.

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Cunningham added: “We wouldn’t want to stand in the way of any player wishing to ply their trade elsewhere and Joe has been given a good opportunity at the Gold Coast.

“It’s always difficult to lose a homegrown player and personally I will be sad to see him leave. I’ve worked hard with Joe to develop his game and help him grow as a person – and he has done just that.

“Hopefully, one day after a successful NRL career, he will pull on the Red vee again.”