Smith turns down St Helens move

Salford's Matty Smith
Salford's Matty Smith

SALFORD have confirmed Matty Smith will NOT be moving back to St Helens.

The St Helens Reporter told two weeks ago how Smith has turned down on offer to rejoin Saints, and had instead signed for Wigan.

Now Salford coach Phil Veivers has confirmed he is “dead certain” that Smith is on his way to the DW Stadium at the end of the season.

“I’m pretty sure it’s a done deal. Well, I’m not pretty sure, I’m dead certain that’s going to happen,” he said.

“My job is to find a replacement or to develop someone to replace Matty.”

Smith is part of the England Knights squad for their match against Ireland on Saturday.

Veivers added: “We made a contract offer to Matty, Widnes came in with a massive offer, Saints came in with an offer and so did Wigan.

“There are four clubs chasing one guy and the guy’s got to make a decision where he wants to go or what he wants to achieve.

“The way Wigan are playing, they’re on top of the table, in the frame for every honour this year and you’d think they’d be there next year so you can understand why Matty would make that decision.”

“He’s already been at St Helens, and Widnes would have been a viable option because he wanted to be part of the rebuilding there.

“We’re in a rebuilding stage here and I was hoping he was going to be the man that I could build the team around.

“The way Wigan are playing, they’re on top of the table and in the frame for every honour this year and you’d think they’d be there next year so you can understand why Matty would make that decision. He probably wants silverware.

“It’s not that it’s the representative side of things because he’s in the England Knights side playing with Salford.”

Wigan have also been linked with a big-money transfer for Castleford’s Rangi Chase, who has said he would be open to a move to the DW Stadium.