Who will step up for St Helens?

With prop Alex Walmsley out for the foreseeable future, we look at the players who can step up for the team whilst he recovers.

Kyle Amor

Saints’ player of the year in 2016, Amor has already achieved a lot at the club.

He signed in 2014 from the then cash stricken Wakefield Trinity and won the Super League in his first year at the club.

Then in 2017, he got to play in his first World Cup with Ireland.

Arguably, he is first choice anyway to play alongside Walmsley in the front row, however he must step up in the England internationals absence.

Luke Thompson

He has been a mainstay in the squad since breaking into the squad in the back end of 2014.

Few players as young as Thompson can say they have won a Super League Grand Final. He played a role in the 14-6 win over Wigan Warriors.

Few have been left wondering if he will flourish into a first team regular, or a player you just bring off the bench. This is his chance to make that name for himself.

Luke Douglas

The Scotland international is the most senior option in the Saints pack at 31.

He joined the club last year from Gold Coast Titans after impressing at the Four Nations.

However, given his NRL pedigree, he has largely struggled to hold down a first team place both under Keiron Cunningham and Justin Holbrook.

However, now that he has had a year to adapt to the pace of the Super League, this could be his chance to lay down a first team position.

Matty Lees

From the oldest option to the youngest. Lees only became a part of the first team squad in 2017 having progressed through the academy set up.

He has been on the bench for the last three games at first replacing Jon Wilkin who was out with a head knock and then Walmsley.

He has spent part of this year with Sheffield Eagles as well on Dual Registration. However, he has found himself thrown into the first team at his boyhood club.

So there are many options for St Helens to consider, but one thing is for certain, Justin Holbrook certainly has a headache on his hands. Does he go for youth, experience, or both?

Let us know in the comments who you would have replace Walmsley.


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