Walmsley agrees new Saints deal

Published: Wednesday 15th April 2015 by The News Editor

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St Helens prop Alex Walmsley has rejected offers from the NRL in agreeing a new contract with the Super League champions that will keep him at Langtree Park at least until the end of 2018.

The 25-year-old has experienced a meteoric rise to fame since being snapped up from Batley two and a half years ago.

Walmsley, who was playing for amateur team Dewsbury Celtic four years ago, has made 62 appearances, including October’s Grand Final, since joining Saints on a three-year deal in 2013 and was included in England’s training squad last summer.

“I was really happy when (St Helens coach) Keiron Cunningham approached me about renewing my contract,” said Walmsley, who has agreed a new three-and-a-half-year deal.

“I’ve had quite a good start to the season and it felt good that they wanted to reward me for my form. I was delighted to do so as since I have come here I have been made to feel very welcome by the players, staff and the board of directors.

“I was an easy decision to re-sign. I had offers from the NRL which I naturally had to think about. There is obviously a pull there as it is a prestigious league but credit to Keiron. He made it clear he wanted to keep me and in the end that was the deciding factor.

“I have fallen in love with the town since I moved down here and the fans have been great with me. What we are building at St Helens is special.”

Cunningham said: “We’re delighted Alex has agreed a new contract with the club. It’s clear his progression from amateur to professional has been phenomenal and already this season he is proving to be one of the best forwards in the competition.

“What I like about Alex is his ability to learn and realise he isn’t the finished article. He is keen to improve and trains very hard. I have no doubt he has all the attributes to become one of the very best in the game.”

Published: Wednesday 15th April 2015 by The News Editor

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