Saints youngsters sign new deals

St Helens have announced hooker Josh Eaves, fullback Tom Nisbet, centre Nico Rizzelli and forward Sam Royle have all signed extended one year deals at the Club.

Hooker Eaves played once in 2020, scoring a try in the narrow defeat to Salford Red Devils earlier this season. In total, the 23-year-old has played three times for Saints and will hope to make more appearances in the Red Vee.

Nisbet, a winger or full back, made his debut against Salford and was so close to winning the game for Saints only to unfortunately lose the ball when grounding.

Rizzelli joined Nisbet in making his debut on the wing and impressed against Salford. The 20 year old signed from Rochdale Mayfield and will provide competition for places both out wide and in the centre.

Royle, 20, plays in the second row. He is yet to make his first team debut, but was crowned Academy Player of the Year in 2019 and will hope to get an opportunity to impress in 2021.

Reacting to the news, Head Coach Kristian Woolf said: “It has been a tough year for these men. They have trained with us all year and been a big part of our preparation and success you see on Friday night.

“Some of these blokes have played one game all year since March which is tough, but they have helped us get that success so this is a reward for their attitude and work ethic they have shown and the qualities they have shown all year in tough circumstances.

“They have shown they are ready and we are looking forward to those blokes progressing into playing into some more first grade for us next year.”

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