Jake Wingfield signs new deal at St Helens
Teenager Jake Wingfield has overcome adversity to earn himself a new contract which will keep him at St Helens until at least the end of 2023.
The dedicated 19-year-old said when signing his extension: ''I am really happy. The club has been great with me over the past 18 months with my injury
''They have supported me all the way and signing on and showing my loyalty was the least I could do. 'Hopefully there is plenty more opportunities to come."
Head coach Kristian Woolf said: "Jake had 17 months out with an ACL injury and the resilience and the attitude he showed through that period to get himself back fit to play was terrific.
"I thought he played really well in his opportunity against Salford last season and on the back of that and his hard work, we kept him in the 21-man squad and he was on the fringes of making the 17 towards the back end of the year.
"He has had a real good pre-season this year and is a bloke we expect will play plenty of rugby for us and keep developing. He is a real player for the future."
The loose-forward from Blackbrook progressed through the Saints Scholarship system and into the Saints' Academy.
He has also played at hooker and half back in the Academy and has also represented Lancashire at Academy level.
Wingfield has impressed again in pre-season training with the first team and got another chance in Tommy Makinson's Testimonial match against Leigh Centurions.
Wingfield joins Josh Simm, who signed a one year extension to his contract yesterday (Tuesday).