St Helens have continued their good preparations for the 2019 season with news they have tied down young England Knights front rower Matty Lee’s with a new improved three year deal that will see him stay at the club until 2021.
Lees who along with England front rower Luke Thompson was sensational for the League leaders last year after coming into the side on a more regular basis following the season ending injury to Alex Walmsley. Off the back of his performances during his 19 appearances he earned himself a nomination for Super Leagues Young Player of the Year and a seat of the England Knights tour to Papua New Guinea earning a man of the match award in the first game. Speaking to the club’s website he said;
“I'm really happy to have signed a new deal with such a great club,”
“I'd like to thank the coaching staff for giving me the chance to make my debut in 2017 and play 19 times in 2018.
“I still feel I have a lot of learning to do but I do know that St Helens is the best environment to do that in. We have a great coaching team and players here and they will help me develop further. I'm really looking forward to kicking on in 2019 and having what we all hope will be a successful season.”
The news comes only days after the club also announced the retention of one of their more senior pack members with London born Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook (pictured) also signing an extension to his contract this week.
The 32 year old forward who is currently looking forward to his eighth season in the red Vee moved north from the Harlequins (now London Bronco’s) in 2011 and has since become a fans favourite playing in a host of positions including the cameo in the centres on occasion.
Since making his debut against Wigan at the millennium magic weekend in 2011, LMS has gone on to play 247 times in the Red Vee scoring 49 tries, whilst also representing Ireland in the 2017 World Cup.
Speaking about the extension current Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook told the clubs website;
“Louie was outstanding for us in 2018, he is a really important and versatile member of the squad who is well liked by his team-mates and the coaching staff.
“He sets a great example to the younger players in the squad with his work rate and passion and I'm really looking forward to working with him for a further season.”
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