OctoberAlex Walmsley was named Top Metre Maker at the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel Awards with Luke Gale taking the overall award.Danny Richardson marked a stellar debut season too with a new contract.The Academy went on their bi-annual Tour of Australia and came back with three wins from their four games – continuing the strong heritage of touring Saints sides since 2004.Ricky Bailey and Jonah Cunningham both moved to Leigh Centurions on loan for the 2018 season and joined four others in extending their contracts at the club. Jake Spedding, Liam Cooper, Ben Morris and Aaron Smith all put pen to paper on new deals.But in-between the excitement of the World Cup and Tour, the sad news about the loss of Tom van Vollenhoven shook the town, club and rugby league world.There were beautiful tributes from all over the world and the club hosted a celebration of Tom’s life at the Parish Church in St Helens Town Centre.11 Saints travelled to the World Cup – Jonny Lomax, James Roby, Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival were part of the England side that reached the final, whilst Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles and Ben Morris (Wales), Luke Douglas (Scotland), Theo France (France) and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Kyle Amor (Ireland) bowed out at the group stage.NovemberSaints learnt their fixtures for the 2018 campaign at the beginning of the month – and they will host Castleford on February 2 in the opener.Justin Holbrook began his first pre-season with the Saints and signed up Dom Peyroux for another season.Squad numbers for 2018 were also announced with Ben Barba being given the iconic number 23 shirt – Matty Costello joining the first team squad.Both home and away kits for the new campaign were released and Saints welcomed Cash Converters on board as a new sponsor.A chunk of the squad returned to training on November 6 with Holbrook and the coaching staff putting them through their paces right from the off. Ben Barba also returned whilst Kyle Amor and several other international players came back early too.Saints and Thatto Heath Crusaders ARLFC joined forces to enter a team in the 2018 Women’s Super League.DecemberSaints and Proud hit the town in earnest as the first team squad visited 63 schools as well as making appearances at our local community clubs, the Saints Superstore and the Christmas Lights Switch on.The boys continued to train hard as well with all players back and good to go in the final week before Christmas.And, as a thank you to the fans, Justin Holbrook threw open training for all to watch before the players signed off for Christmas!Here’s to 2018!We’re Saints and Proud … are you? Memberships for the new campaign are now on sale. To find out more click here. read more
The Community Coach, who plays for Swinton Lions, will lead the side in their next fixture against Czech Republic in Osnabrück on August 25.Brad said: “I am proud to have been given the opportunity to captain Germany in the upcoming game. It is a real honour for myself and my family.“With only playing one game for Germany, I look forward to leading out this group of players against what is sure to be a tough Czech Republic side!”Everybody at SCDF is tremendously proud of Brad and his selection and wish him all the best in his upcoming game.
The 29-year-old back rower has appeared 72 times for the club since making his debut against Huddersfield in 2016.“It’s great for us to keep Dom,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “When he was out of the side everyone realised just how valuable a player he was to the team. He gets through a lot of work that people don’t see.“He is an aggressive player with lots of energy who gives us real strike on the edges.“He has worked really hard in pre-season and throughout the year to become a player we all love having on the field.“I’m really happy he has decided to stay with us as he has been consistently very good for us every week.”Dom, who has scored 10 tries in the Red Vee, said: “I’m blessed to re-sign with the club. It has been a very exciting year so far but we know there is still work to do.“I have had a frustrating last few weeks through injury but I am really pleased to be back out on the field with the brothers.“Thanks to the fans for all the support.” read more