Meli consders Catalans move

Francis Meli
Francis Meli

FLYING winger Francis Meli is yet to decide where he will ply his trade next season.

The Kiwi international, 33, has been offered a one-year contract extension by Saints, but has also been linked with possible moves to the likes of Catalans Dragons and Widnes.

Meli told the Reporter: “I haven’t made a decision yet because we’re still discussing things. I’ve been here for seven years now though, and feel very grateful to have been here that long.

“I feel privileged and humbled that the club has shown an interest in keeping me here for another year. But I’m keeping all that in the background for the time being, because the main thing is that Saints keep performing.

“I’m happy with my form at the moment. Obviously I started off playing in the centre this season, but I’ve slotted back on to the wing quite easily. I feel like I know how to read the game from there.

“People only seem to talk about wingers when they’re scoring tries, but it’s often the little things that you do that can make the difference – especially in the big games.”

Meli reckons Saints could still finish in the top two in the league and secure a coveted home play-off semi-final.

And he insists that the players will have “no excuses” come the end of the season – despite the sacking of Royce Simmons earlier this year.

He added: “It was a big ask for Mike Rush and Keiron Cunningham coming in, but we’ve done okay since they took over. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but there will be no excuses come the end of the season.

“The Catalans away game is always one the players look forward to, although we’ve not got the best record over there. It’s not going to be easy – it will be a battle – but, if we can get the two points, it will be massive for us.

“All the top teams seem to sharpen up a bit at this time of the year – everyone goes to another level – so we need to make sure we bring our A-game and do the same.”