England’s Tommy Makinson extends Saints contract

29 Jun 21, 1:07PM 0 Comments

Written by Rugby Football League

England winger Tommy Makinson has agreed a contract extension with St Helens that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2024 Betfred Super League season.

Makinson emerged through the club’s Academy before making his first team debut in 2011. He has gone on to win three Betfred Super League Grand Finals and three League Leaders’ Shields with the club.

The 29-year-old has made over 250 appearances for St Helens, scoring 141 tries and is currently celebrating his Testimonial season.

On the international stage, Makinson debuted for England in 2018 facing New Zealand on four occasions with his performances seeing him claim that year’s Golden Boot Award.

Makinson said: “When the club presented that contract in front of me, I was really excited to sign it and become a one club man. I didn’t see myself playing for anyone else as Saints is where I wanted to be, and I am really excited for the season ahead.

“I have been here over 10 years now and hopefully for a long time yet. Pulling on that shirt, with the St Helens fans behind me, is the main reason I love playing for this club.

Tommy Makinson playing for St Helens

“I now want to repay that faith shown in me and help bring trophies back to this great club. I have been lucky enough to win a few, but hopefully over the next few years we can win even more.”

St Helens Head Coach Kristian Woolf added: “This is great news for the club. Tommy is a great character and of course a top player. He brings a great energy to the group, and we can all see what a try scorer he is with the spectacular finishes everyone notices.

“But what we love is his hard work, the number of carries he is willing to take and the energy he brings around both training and into games. He is a real good bloke to have involved and we are all delighted he has committed himself to us for the foreseeable future.”

Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus commented: “Tommy has been a lynchpin to the success of the Saints in recent years and continues to be the best all round winger in Super League.

“It’s tremendous news that he’s effectively committed himself to us for the rest of his career during his testimonial year with the club. I’ve no doubt that yet more deserved success lies ahead for him with the Saints and at international level.”

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