Flannery is keen to stay on another year

Saints Player Chris Flannery

Saints Player Chris Flannery

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CHRIS Flannery says he wants to sign a new deal to stay at Saints.

The 31-year-old Australian’s contract with St Helens ends this year, but he is hoping to be rewarded with an extension.

“As I see it at the moment, I want to stay here at Saints,” said Flannery, who joined Saints in 2007 from Sydney Roosters.

“With the new stadium and a couple of new players on the horizon, it’s going to be a big year here next year, so I definitely want to be a part of that.”

Flannery has been an important figure for Saints since his arrival, filling a number of positions in the pack and the back-line.

And despite recent losses to frontrunners Wigan and Warrington, he remains positive about Saints’ chances for the rest of the season.

“If we can bring the intensity we brought to the Warrington game against that type of pack ,and carry on like that for the rest of the season, we’ll be pretty high up the table,” he said.

Meanwhile, coach Royce Simmons says the club’s injury crisis has forced him to reassess his ambitions of the rest of the season.

Saints have lost a number of key players to long-term injuries, including free-scoring wingman Ade Gardner and influential stand-off Leon Pryce.

And Simmons believed a third of fourth placed finish is the most realistic prospect for the campaign.

“If you’d asked me at the start of the year I wouldn’t have, I was aiming for one or two,” he said.

“But if you’d said to me at the start of the season that at different times we’d have 12 or 13 players out injured, and use everyone in your squad plus others that weren’t, then I’d have probably said I’d be happy with third or fourth.

“You aim to make the top two, and if you don’t so that then you have to be disappointed.”

n LOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook has been fined £300 and banned for one match by the RFL’s disciplinary committee after he admitted making dangerous contact with Warrington skipper Adrian Morley’s head and neck.