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St Helens have signed Australian half-back Luke Walsh from Penrith Panthers.

The 26-year-old will join the Super League side from the start of next season, signing a two-year deal with the option to extend the contract by a further 12 months.

Walsh has made 107 NRL appearances to-date, starting his career at Newcastle in 2007 before joining the Panthers two-years later.

Winner of the club’s Player of the Year award in 2011, Saints coach Nathan Brown is understandably delighted to add such a player to his squad at Langtree Park.

"Luke is an exciting addition to the squad. He is a good organiser and possesses a great kicking game too,” Brown told the Saints’ official website.

"We are always looking to improve the team and I'm sure Luke will contribute to that. We are looking forward to having him on board.

"We would also like to thank Penrith Panthers for allowing Luke to be released from his contract to join us next season."

Walsh will walk away from the Centrebet Stadium with his head held high, and general manager Phil Moss insists the player leaves for England with his blessing.

"Luke has made a wonderful contribution to the Panthers and will always be a highly valued member of our club. We wish Luke and his family all the best as they start their new life in England," he said.

Walsh will join a Saints side who are battling to reach the Super League play-offs this season, with the 2006 champions currently eighth in the table following their 48-22 defeat to the Warrington Wolves at the Magic Weekend.

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