The Sydney Roosters have bolstered their forward pack ahead of the 2015 National Rugby League season with the signing of veteran Willie Manu from St Helens in the European Super League.

The 34-year old Tongan international came off the bench for St Helens in their 14-6 Grand Final win over arch-rivals Wigan and has been selected in the Roosters’ Auckland Nines squad, announced today.

Manu made his debut for the Wests Tigers in 2001 and played 50 games for the club over three seasons before he switched to the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2004 season where he played 19 games. He played for St George Illawarra in 2005, playing 14 games.

He left Australia to begin a two-season stint with the Castleford Tigers and then played six seasons for Hull between 2007-2012 and has spent the last two seasons with St Helens.

He has represented Tonga on 11 occasions and the Exiles three times.