Walsh set to sign for Saints

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Saints are set to sign Penrith Panthers scrum half Luke Walsh.

Former Australian international and broadcaster Matty Johns had hinted on a Sydney breakfast show that Walsh, who will be 26 next week, is on his way to St Helens.

And sources close to Saints have told The St Helens Reporter the deal to bring Walsh to Langtree Park is virtually complete.

If Walsh does eventually arrive at St Helens, he will slot into a key position which the club has not been successful in filling since the departure of the mercurial Sean Long in 2009. The flambouyant no. 7 first came to prominence playing for his home-town club Newcastle Knights in 2007, stepping into the shoes of Andrew Johns on his retirement and injuries to Jarrod Mullen.

He then joined the Panthers in March 2009, scoring the opening try on his debut against the Gold Coast Titans, and named the Players’ Player the Year in 2011.

Last month, Walsh was also axed from the side by coach Ivan Cleary in a major scrumbase reshuffle but has since been reinstated, featuring in last weekend’s 30-6 defeat at high-flying Sydney Roosters.

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