Travis Burns is staying put, Saints’ boss Keiron Cunningham has insisted.
The stand-off, who joined St Helens from Hull KR ahead of the 2015 season, has been unable to nail down a regular first team slot this season and was offered a loan move by another Super League outfit.
Several newspaper reports name Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, who visit Langtree Park this Friday, as Burns’ suitors.
However, Cunningham admitted yesterday that a rival club had offered to take the 32-year-old Aussie on loan but it wasn’t Trinity and in any event, he said, the player was going nowhere.
He declared: “A short term loan doesn’t really interest us.
“There’s no benefit in it as far as we are concerned and it would be foolish if we shipped out any players at this stage of the campaign with a busy Easter period coming up.”
Cunningham added: “Down the track, Travis will feature on numerous occasion but it might not be in the half-back role.
“At this moment in time he is doing a good job supporting hooker James Roby.”
Burns missed last Friday’s Super League victory over Castleford Tigers due to serving a one-match ban for punching during the previous week’s fixture against his former club.