Foster signs up for Saints revolution

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JAMIE Foster has pledged his immediate future to Saints by penning a new two-year deal with his boyhood club.

And the wing ace, pictured in Saints’ new away kit, has told how he snubbed a number of mega-rich rugby union clubs before committing to St Helens.

Foster, who has plundered a staggering 574 points in 48 games since making his senior debut against Toulouse in the 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup, said: “There are always a few things tossed around when your contract is up for renewal, but you have to deal with them accordingly.

“I’m 21 and class myself as a young man and hopefully still have a long time in the game.

“If I’m asked to switch codes in the future, then it is something I will consider, but suffice to say I am quite happy with my new deal at St Helens.”

The former Blackbrook youngsters is considered one of the world’s best dead ball kickers in either code - and any RU club would pay a king’s ransom for his services.

But he admitted it was not a difficult decision to put pen to paper on a new deal with his home-town RL club after discussions with his family, particularly his grandad who he looks upon as his mentor.

Foster said: “We are moving into a new stadium which fills me with excitement and have a cracking set of player combining youth and experience and I can’t wait for the season to get under way.”

He describes as “crazy and sometimes frightening” the way he has risen from an unknown to almost superstar status in just two years.

“I went home after signing my contract to Tweet a few friends about the deal and within 15 minutes I had hundreds of congratulatory messages.

“It was fantastic and to say I was overwhelmed would be an under-statement. I just hope everyone continues to support me in this way.”

Arguably the pin-up boy of the Saints’ set up, he attracts more than his fair share of female Tweeters but insisted in a jocular manner that “it isn’t the worse problem in the world and something I can cope with”.

He added: “In reality I am a down-to-earth person, even though some people on Twitter think I go around puffing out my chest, but people who really know me realise I am just an average St Helens lad lucky enough to be playing Rugby League at the highest level.

“I started as a youngster at Blackbrook RLFC with the kind of dream all kids have and suddenly I am walking out with St Helens into packed stadium.

“In just two seasons I have been lucky to play in two Old Trafford Grand Finals - and it’s something other fantastic players don’t achieve during a life-time playing Rugby League.”

Coach Royce Simmons said: “Jamie is a world class goal kicker who has already had a great deal of first team experience for someone so young.

“This new deal gives him the opportunity to continue his progress and development as a wing three quarter.

“He is more than capable of doing so.”