New deal for Zeb Taia as St Helens quash Catalans move speculation

St Helens back-rower Zeb Taia has signed a one-year contract extension.

Taia, 34, had been linked with a move back to former club Catalans, but the Super League leaders have quashed speculation to confirm he’s on board for 2020.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: “It’s great news for the club to have Zeb sign.

“He’s a big part of what we are developing, he’s very professional and a great influence on all the other players in the squad.

“He is playing the best rugby league of his career in my view. He’s been another one of our stand-out performers this season and I’m sure he will continue that into next year.”

Taia has scored 16 tries in 76 appearances for Saints and has missed just two of their 17 games this season.

He said: “I’m excited to be a part of this club for another year. It’s good to get the deal done.

“It’s great to be a part of the Saints family. There are a lot of great young players coming through and I’m excited to be a part of their journey as well.

“The last two seasons we have come up short and that really hurt, that’s one thing that played on my mind, I don’t want to miss out on the chance to win more silverware.”