Eastmond says sorry

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KYLE Eastmond has apologised to Saints fans after he stormed off the field at the end of his side’s 25-18 defeat to Warrington.

Eastmond had earlier been subjected to taunts from Saints fans angry at speculation the scrum-half is set to make a cross-code switch to Bath.

Coach Royce Simmons accused the 21-year-old of lacking team spirit after he stormed off as his teammates went to acknowledge the Saints supporters.

Simmons said: “I’m disappointed he didn’t stay on but I didn’t see it and I didn’t know when he came in.

“But everything is a team thing – you should stay together and all do that together as well.”

Eastmond issued an apology through the club and pledged to repay the supporters throughout the rest of the season.

“Like the rest of the team I was really disappointed with the loss,” he said. “I was upset with how we played but above all I was upset with my own performance.

“I was angry with how I played because I know I can play better and I expressed that disappointment in the wrong way.

“I would like to apologise to all the fans as I should have come over and thanked them for their support with the rest of the team.

“I have always appreciated the fans’ support throughout my career and I hope I will continue to do so. I will strive to repay them throughout the rest of the season.”

Eastmond, whose contract with St Helens is up at the end of the year, has now decided to join rugby union outfit Bath from the start of next season.