Mark Percival awarded testimonial year for 2023

Josh McAllister
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Mark Percival (left) and Tommy Makinson (right) celebrate St Helens' 2021 Grand Final triumph

St Helens centre Mark Percival has been granted a testimonial year in 2023 as he heads into his 10th season with the club. 

Percival, 28, made his debut against Leeds back in 2013 and went on to make a further 10 appearances that season.

To date, the six-time England international is one appearance shy of 200 games for the club. He has featured in the Super League Dream Team on three occasions – 2017, 2018 and 2021.

Percival also featured in the 2019, 2021 and 2022 Super League Grand Final triumphs as St Helens claimed history as the first club to ever win the trophy four years in a row. He missed out on 2020, limited to just five appearances that season due to injury.

Mark Percival on testimonial honour

“St Helens has been my life ever since I joined the academy when I was 14 years of age,” Percival said.

“The past nine years as a first team player have been a rollercoaster of a ride and it doesn’t get much better than winning four Grand Finals in a row and a Challenge Cup the year before.

“I am now looking forward to getting back fit and going again next season in what will be a proud year for me and my family in my testimonial year.

“Thank you to the club and the RFL. I am excited about welcoming all the Saints fans to a pre-season trial game and a number of events in 2023!”

Chief executive Mike Rush added: “Mark has been a brilliant servant for our club and he thoroughly deserves his Testimonial year.

“Mark’s performances on the field have been world class for a number of years. He is in my opinion and many others, the best centre in Super League. Mark is an example of someone who has worked hard to overcome his injury troubles to shine year on year and ever since he came through our Academy system we knew he would go onto represent his country.

“Off the field Mark is a fantastic ambassador for our club in the community. He regular supports and undertakes charity work and I am sure our fans will get behind him throughout 2023.”

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