Welsby, who scored the winning try in last year’s Grand Final, will remain with his hometown club at least until the end of 2024. “I love it here and am delighted to conclude this deal so I can focus on my rugby at new, “he said
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Last updated: 08/06/21 10:36
Jack Welsby has his sights set on more glory with St Helens after signing a three-year contract extension with the reigning Super League champions.
The 20-year-old memorably marked the deciding goal in the closing seconds of last year’s Grand Final and has now agreed on a new deal that will keep him with his hometown club at least until the end of 2024.
Welsby is delighted to have signed a new contract and, with a Challenge Cup final on the horizon next month and the Saints once again in the mix at the end of the Super League in 2021, he is eager to savor more success.
I am now fully focused on the season ahead and am looking to achieve more success with this special group, a group that I am very grateful to be a part of.
“I am looking forward to signing another extension at this club,” Welsby said. “I like it here and am happy to close this deal so I can focus on my rugby again.
“I had a great season last season, crowned in the best possible way by the way the Grand Final ended both for me personally, but especially for the club.
“This extension is the icing on the cake, but now I am completely focused on the season ahead and I am looking to achieve more success with this special group, a group that I am very grateful to be a part of.”
Jack Welsby scored his first ever hat-trick for the Saints against Hull FC in Super League recently
Welsby, who played youth rugby for Shevington and Blackbrook, has been part of the St Helens lineup since 2014 and made his first team debut four years later after impressing on the 2017 Academy tour of Australia and starring for them in 2018.
Since then, he has racked up a total of 40 appearances and averages just under one test every two games, and Saints manager Kristian Woolf has high expectations for Welsby over the next few years.
“Jack is an outstanding young player who has gone through the St Helens system and is one of ours,” said Woolf.
He has an exceptional skill set and great knowledge of the game and always wants to learn and improve. What I love about him is that he competes in whatever position he holds – he makes it work.
Kristian Woolf on Jack Welsby
“He has an incredible skill set and great knowledge of the game and he always wants to learn and improve. What I love about him is that he competes in any position he plays – he makes it work.
“Jack will clearly be a real feature for the Saints moving forward and has the potential to take a leadership role within the club in the future.”