Theo Fages signs contract extension to stay at St Helens

Theo Fages. Picture: SWPix
Theo Fages. Picture: SWPix

St Helens have been boosted by the decision of in-form half-back Theo Fages to extend his stay with the Super League leaders.

The French international was out of contract at the end of the season and was the subject of interest from both the NRL and rival Super League clubs but has now committed himself to Saints until at least the end of the 2021 season.

The 24-year-old former Salford player is enjoying a breakthrough season with the Challenge Cup semi-finalists, having justified his selection ahead of 2018 Dream Team scrum-half Danny Richardson.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: "It's great news to have Theo committing his future to the Saints.

"Theo is a fantastic player who has played a crucial part in our team this season. He is hugely talented with ball in hand and he is solid in defence.

"Theo works hard on his game and his preparation every week which is why he is such a consistent player.

"I am confident he will continue to improve and it is great he will do that here at St Helens."

Fages, who led France in the 2017 World Cup, said: "I am very, very happy to stay at the club and I am looking forward to the next two years.

"The club, the boys and the fans have always been good to me and they have made me feel at home so it was an easy decision.

"I still haven't achieved what I wanted here at the club so that made my decision an even easier one.

"I want to win trophies and hopefully we can go on to do it this year and win more in the next two years."

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus said: "There was naturally a lot of interest in him from both here in Super League and the NRL so we are thrilled Theo has opted to extend his stay."