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Byline: IAN LAYBOURN ECHO Correspondent

CHALLENGE Cup finalists St Helens have tied down Grand Final hero Jack Welsby for another three years.

The exciting 20-year-old utility back scored a last-second try to earn his club a dramatic title-clinching victory over Wigan in November - and has picked up from where he left off with a string of impressive performances so far this season.

Welsby was out of contract this year but has signed a three-year extension which will keep him at the club until at least the end of 2024.

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus said: "It's tremendous news that Jack has extended his contract with us.

"He continues to improve and is already very much an established player in the Saints team at the age of 20. Besides his obvious rugby talents, he has an admirable attitude and temperament.

"There's no doubt that he will continue to improve and go on to be a key player at the Saints for many years to come."

Welsby, who has scored 19 tries in 40 appearances so far, said: "I am buzzing to sign another extension at this club. I love it here and I am delighted to get this deal over the line so I can concentrate on my rugby again.

"I had a great season last season, topped off in the best possible way with the way the Grand Final ended both for me personally, but more importantly the club.

"This extension is the cherry on top but I am now fully concentrating on the season ahead and trying to achieve more success with this special group."

Saints coach Kristian Woolf has tipped Welsby for international honours and says he has captaincy material.

"Jack is an outstanding young player who has come through the St Helens system and is one of our own," Woolf said. "He has a terrific skill set and great knowledge of the game and he always wants to learn and get better.

"What I love about him is he competes in whatever position he plays. He just makes it work.

"Jack has the potential to take on a leadership role." Saints head coach Kristian Woolf


St Helens back Jack Welsby

Saints head coach Kristian Woolf

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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:IAN LAYBOURN ECHO Correspondent
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 9, 2021
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