Written by Rugby Football League
After yet another memorable year in the Red Vee where he played a major role in sealing both the Betfred Challenge Cup & Saints’ third consecutive Super League title, Morgan Knowles has put pen to paper on a new deal that will see him stay put at the Totally Wicked Stadium until the end of 2025.
Hailing from the ever-successful Saints Academy, Knowles has been instrumental for both club & country since his breakthrough year in 2016.
He will no doubt prioritise the success of the team he’s playing in, but his individual achievements over the years are not to be forgotten. Three consecutive appearances in the Super League Dream Team, along with a Saints Player of the Year Award highlight the importance of his presence.
With 149 Saints appearances in the bank coupled with a wealth of International experience, the England forward will be looking to continue last season’s fine form into 2022 – with plenty to fight for at club level, his focus will then switch to the Rugby League World Cup on home soil.
Upon signing the long-term deal, Knowles said: “I am really made up. I’ve really enjoyed my time here, the Club has been brilliant with me as have all the players and the staff. I am happy here and you can’t really put a price on that. So I am delighted to extend my stay.
“I feel really lucky and privileged to be a part of this team and this group and I want more success moving forward.”
St Helens Chairman, Eamonn McManus stated: “It is tremendous news for St.Helens, Super League, England and Great Britain that Morgan has committed to a long term contract with the Club.
“He is already the best loose forward in Super League and has three Grand Finals and one Challenge Cup win to his credit. But he has his best years, of which there will be many, yet to come.
“Besides his immense contribution to us as a leading player in a pivotal position, he is also going to be a crucial to help lead the evolution of the next generation St Helens team, which aims to continue our success and to uphold our values and history.
“A great Christmas present to all and a great boost to our hopes and ambitions in 2022 and beyond.”
Knowles’ and Saints Head Coach, Kristian Woolf, added his thoughts: “Morgan is an exceptional signing for the Club. He is a real stand-out player for us in the way he performs and competes every week. He has a unique skill-set where he can play with the footy, but also has that ruthless and tough competitive style.
“If you ask through our playing squad and the majority of players in the competition, he would be someone who they mention and respect. He is a real key player and figure for our team and is a real leader and leads by example both on and off the field.”
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