St Helens have announced forward Alex Walmsley has signed a new long term contract extension which will keep him at the Club until at least the end of the 2024 Super League season.
Walmsley signed for the club in 2013 from Championship side Batley Bulldogs, and became an almost instant hit in the team.
In 2014, he was part of the side which lifted Saints’ first Super League Grand Final success for eight years. A year later, he was nominated for Man of Steel, ultimately losing out to Zak Hardaker.
In 2017, he was called up to the England side that played in the World Cup in Australia. He also played in the final, which England ultimately lost against the hosts.
He has continued to impress for Saints, until his progress was halted in 2018, when a broken neck ruled him out for most of the season.
In 2019, he recovered and helped the Saints to another Super League title, as they won the Grand Final against Salford Red Devils. he was rewarded for his form that year with a call-up to the Great Britain squad.
A year later, he repeated the feat. And it was also revealed afterwards the Walmsley played the Grand Final, despite a torn cartilage in his knee.
On signing his new deal, Walmsley said: “I am really happy and I am delighted to get the deal done and commit my future to the Club. I have been here since 2012 and made my debut in the 2013 season and I have loved it.
“The Club and the fans and the town have been so good to me and it is my new home. I have loved playing for St Helens and the whole Club. It was so easy to commit my future to them and hopefully I can end my career here.
“My current deal takes me until the end of 2024 but I still feel I have a lot of rugby left in me and this is the place I want to finish my career. The plan is to have a successful next few years and hopefully leave an impact on the Club in what will hopefully be 12 years of service. I am excited to be a part of what I am sure will be a successful few years for this Club.”
Head Coach Kristian Woolf added: “Alex is a terrific signing for the Club. He has been a real leader in terms of our pack well before I arrived here, but was certainly that leader for us last season. I am looking forward to him being that for us this season too.
“He is a big part of our success and is a real leader within our group and particularly a leader of our pack and I think it is a real sign of what he means to this Club, but what the Club means to him as well in terms of him being willing to put pen to paper and extend his stay with us.
“There has been no inclination of him looking elsewhere or at other opportunities and he is St Helens through and through. This is where he wants to be and he is going to really leave his mark on this Club throughout the course of his contract.”