YORK City Knights have pulled off a major coup by signing forward Pauli Pauli from Salford Red Devils, subject to VISA.

Pauli, 27, played almost 50 times in the NRL during spells at Parramatta Eels and Newcastle Knights before making the move to Betfred Super League.

He had two seasons at Wakefield Trinity before heading to Salford where he scored in last year's Betfred Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Earlier this year, Pauli represented the Combined Nations All Stars against England.

York head coach James Ford said: “Pauli is someone I’m really looking forward to working with and I’m keen to help him play at the very top of his game.

“He’s a big, intimidating man who will add another dimension to our game in attack and defence.

“I’ve spoken to a number of people about Pauli and there was a unanimous opinion that he’s a player I’d enjoy working with."

The deal was aided by the York Squad Builder Fund, whose work was hailed by chairman Jon Flatman.

He said: "The difference it makes is vast, as shown by the calibre of player it has helped us recruit, not just in this instance but across our 2022 squad."