Fages’ joy at Long connection

Theo Fages, playing for former club Salford, says reuniting with Saints assistant coach Sean Long was a big factor in signing for the Langtree Park club
Theo Fages, playing for former club Salford, says reuniting with Saints assistant coach Sean Long was a big factor in signing for the Langtree Park club
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The master and the pupil are back together - and hoping in their differing roles to hand out one or two lessons to Super League rivals during the season ahead.

Half-back Theo Fages' decision to join Saints from Salford Red Devils and link-up once more with his mentor and former Knowsley Road legend, Sean Long, was a crucial factor in the move.

The 21-year-old French international had come under Long's wings during the latter's short coaching stint with the Mancunians and didn't need asking twice to head down the East Lancs Road to join one of the most successful outfits in the summer era.

He was also influenced by the fact that his Salford team-mate, Lama Tasi, was also joining him at Langtree Park.

Fages, who has signed a four year deal, said: “I had a couple of other offers but as soon as Saints showed an interest and Longy was on the staff as one of coach Keiron Cunningham's assistants, it wasn't a difficult choice to make.

“It is a club with a great tradition and sets such high standard and hopefully I will be able to pick up some trophies during my time here.”

Fages will also add pressure on first choice half backs Travis Burns and Luke Walsh, as well as being able to operate in the role of hooker, and with Cunningham set to give workaholic James Roby an occasional breather, this would be an ideal scenario.

Cunningham added: “Theo is a superb player. He is young, extremely talented and can play in a number of positions which will give me the kind of selection headache I welcome.”

“We are really pleased we have been able to add him to our squad. He is young, very talented and he can play in a number of positions.”

Saints no doubt see Fages as the ideal long term replacement for Luke Walsh in the halves.