Winger Regan Grace has played his final game for St Helens after suffering a season-ending injury.
Scans have revealed that the 25-year-old has suffered a ruptured Achilles.
Grace pulled up unchallenged in the club’s recent defeat to Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium. The Wales international will join French rugby union side Racing 92 upon the expiry of his contract this season.
Head coach Kristian Woolf confirmed the news: “Regan Grace has unfortunately ruptured his Achilles. It is a devastating blow for him and for us as a team and a club as well.
“Regan has come through our academy and has been a big part of our club and team for a long time. He is a really valued player and person who has been a big part of our success over the last couple of years.
“Regan has had a really tough year injury wise, through no fault of his own, going from a bicep injury to a hamstring injury, into now a season ending Achilles injury.
‘He will undergo surgery in the next few days’
“The fact that he’s not going to be here next year adds to the feeling. It is sad that this is the way that his Saints career at the moment has finished.
“We all really feel for him and know that he is well supported there by his partner Nina and obviously his family. But it is a real shame and a really sad way to see him finish.
“He will undergo surgery in the next few days and that is something the club will try and do as soon as possible for him. One thing this club does really well is support the players in that way but also off the field.
“He’ll get all the support he needs from the club and his from his team-mates. We will make sure that when he leaves at the end of the year to go to his next club, that we put him in the best position we can because we want him to be successful there as well.”
Some good news for St Helens
Woolf revealed that Curtis Sironen’s bicep injury isn’t as bad as first feared and he has a chance to come straight back in on Sunday against Castleford. The back-rower also left the field during the side’s 44-12 loss to Salford.
Tommy Makinson will also return to the squad on Sunday for their Channel 4 televised clash against Castleford.