‘Players for the future’

Regan Grace and Calvin Wellington at Langtree Park.
Regan Grace and Calvin Wellington at Langtree Park.

Saints have returned to the Welsh valleys to snap up two promising youngsters in a bid to strengthen their already highly-rated academy system.

Centre Calvin Wellington, 18, and winger Regan Grace, 17, have signed 12-month part-time contracts after impressing on trial this season and the club will be hoping they can follow in the footsteps of fellow Welshmen such as Scott Gibbs, who was a member of Saints’ double-winning side in 1996, the first season of summer rugby - and record points scorer and current club president, Kel Coslett.

“We have a number of scouts and connections in South Wales and Chris O’Callaghan asked us to take a look at Calvin and Regan,” Saints U19s head coach Derek Traynor said.

“We went to see them play rugby union for Aberavon Quins and they really impressed us.

“From there we invited them for a two-week trial at the club and they played three matches.

“We were really pleased with how they conducted themselves on and off the field and we are delighted they have agreed a contract with us.”

Regan played rugby league for Scorpions at 16s and Wales under 18s.

Calvin played for Wales at U16s and U18s as well as the Scorpions.

Derek Traynor said: “Calvin and Regan love rugby league and are eager to progress into first team players.

“They have genuine pace and in the month they have been here they have been working hard, have great attitudes and are impressing the coaching staff.

“They are certainly players for the future.’

He added:“We see South Wales as a real growth area for us and we believe there is a lot of untapped talent down there. With our contacts, we are hoping to realise this and Calvin and Regan are just the start.”