Gardner gets new contract

Ade Gardner'St Helens v Castleford Tigers
Ade Gardner'St Helens v Castleford Tigers

WINGER Ade Gardner – one of Saints’ longest-serving players and currently enjoying a testimonial season – and second-row/loose-forward Shaun Magennis have signed new two-year contracts.

It is a major boost to both who have suffered serious injuries this season, and left to kick their heels in frustration on the sidelines.

Coach Royce Simmons said: “They are important members of the team who we have missed through injury.

“Before suffering his Achilles tear against Crusaders at the end of May, Ade was running the ball 15 to 16 times a game and making 150 metres for the team.

“He was also scoring some excellent tries and producing the type of form which brought him international recognition, while Shaun had forced his way into the 19-man squad each week and was starting to show great potential.

“Shaun did a tremendous job before suffering his hip injury, and showed his versatility by being able to operate in the front row and at tight, too.”

Gardner, 28, joined Saints from Barrow Border Raiders in September 2001, and since then has made 267 appearances, scoring 162 tries.

Magennis, 21, is a product of the club’s renowned Academy system, and has made 24 appearances for his home-town team.