Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook extends St Helens stay into 11th season
Prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook has signed a new contract with St Helens for 2021 which will keep him at the club for an 11th successive season.
The 34-year-old is in his testimonial year with the Saints, having joined them in 2011 and needs just eight more appearances to bring up 300.
McCarthy-Scarsbrook, who won two Super League titles and three League Leaders’ Shields with the reigning champions, said: “I am very pleased to extend my stay into an 11th season with this great club.
“I have had some fantastic memories here in St Helens and none more so than winning a second Grand Final ring last year and I want to continue that success this year.”
St Helens coach Kristian Woolf said: “I am delighted Louie has signed on with us for another year.
“We all know what a character he is both in the dressing room and on the field, but what I like about him is he is one of the hardest workers at the club. He knows when to focus and channel his energy in the right way.
“He has been an important player for this club over the past 10 years and his passion is clear to see. I am confident he will continue to help drive us forward in the months ahead.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle Knights have granted back-row forward Sione Mata’utia a release from the final year of his contract to enable him to take up a three-year contract with St Helens.
Saints have confirmed they are in talks with the 24-year-old, whose older brother Peter plays for Castleford, but say no deal has yet been agreed.
A statement from the reigning Super League champions said: “The club can confirm it has been in discussions with Sione Mata’utia but this morning’s news of his release from his Newcastle Knights contract was the first official communication we have received from the NRL club.
“The club continues to talk to Sione and his agent about a deal ahead of the 2021 season. A further update will be announced in due course.”
Mata’utia made his NRL debut in 2014 and later that year became the youngest player to represent Australia at just 18 years and 129 days, ultimately playing three Tests for the Kangaroos and another for Samoa.
He captained the Knights at the age of 20 on his way to amassing 124 NRL appearances for his hometown club.
Newcastle coach Adam O’Brien said: “Sione has been a great servant for the club, in both good and tough times, while his attitude and commitment both on and off the field has always been outstanding.
“We are really pleased to see him get an opportunity to extend his career in England and the chance to travel with his family. He is a great young man, who leaves the club with the highest regard.”