Pryce rules out return to Bradford

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LEON Pryce (pictured below) has confirmed his intention to see out his current contract with St Helens.

The 29-year-old’s announcement rules out any prospect of an immediate return to Bradford.

The Bulls, now coached by former St Helens boss Mick Potter, have been linked with a move for their former player, who is Bradford born and has continued to live in the city since his move to Lancashire in 2006, but Pryce has sought to put an end to the rumours.

“I want to end the speculation regarding my future,” he said in a statement issued by the club.

“I love playing at Saints and I am not going anywhere. I am contracted with the club and I am committed and looking forward to what will be a very exciting season for all.

“I am really enjoying working with Royce Simmons and trying our hardest to win trophies.

“The speculation regarding any possible move away from Saints is just that – speculation – and I want all Saints fans to know that I am not going anywhere.

“Like a number of players, my contract with the Saints is until the end of the 2011 season.”

Pryce’s half-back partner Kyle Eastmond and England prop James Graham are other high-profile Saints players out of contract this year.

Pryce, who has scored 71 tries in 152 appearances for St Helens, missed the last two months of the 2010 season with a neck injury but is expected to be fit for the start of the new campaign against Wigan on February 12.

l DISAPPOINTMENT was etched in the faces of every single Saints’ player after they had failed by a whisker to overturn a full strength York Knights’ outfit, led by former Super League and Parramatta half back, Chris Thorman at the Huntington Stadium on Sunday.

Containing no fewer than 15 players still eligible for U18s duty, the reserves showed great character and resilience by clawing their way back into contention after twice trailing by three scores and had the Knights firmly on the back foot in the late stages as the hosts desperately held on to a 34-30 advantage.

Tries for Saints came from Tom Makinson, who also landed five goals, Dave Brotherton, Carl Forster, Scott Hale and Joe Greenwood.

l FIVE Saints’ youngsters have been included in the 38-strong England Academy squad which will travel to France later this year to compete against the home nation in a Test series.

They are Jordan Case, Josh and Daniel Jones, Greg Wilde and Daniel Yates.