St Helens confirm player departures including Grand Final winner

Josh Simm and Aaron Smith

Outside back Josh Simm is one of several player departures confirmed by St Helens following the end of the 2022 season.

Simm, 21, scored seven tries in 19 appearances for Saints, including a memorable hat-trick against Leeds in 2020.

Initially coming through as a centre, all but one of his eight appearances in the red-vee were on the wing in 2021. He also featured five times on loan at Hull FC.

He was recalled early from that loan spell, though only featured once for Saints after his return, in the defeat to Wigan at the end of August.

The former Thatto Heath junior was a prolific try scorer for the club’s academy sides during his progression through the ranks.

His destination remains unknown. Josh Simm is believed to have held talks with a number of Super League and Championship clubs.

2019 Grand Final winner departs

Hooker Aaron Smith, who spent the 2022 season on loan at Leigh, is also leaving the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Smith made his Saints debut in 2018. He went on to make 41 appearances including in the 2019 Grand Final win over Salford. The signing of Joey Lussick last winter and the evergreen James Roby saw him seek opportunities elsewhere.

He played in Leigh’s Championship Grand Final victory over Batley that secured their promotion to Super League.

Saints have also confirmed the departure of Nigeria international Rio Osayomwanbo-Corkill.

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Corkill, 19, made his debut in the Super League game against Wakefield at the end of August.

Hailing from Barrow and joining the club from Walney Central, Corkill was a regular for the club’s reserve side in 2022. He made his international debut for Nigeria this autumn.

Versatile Tom Nisbet also spent last season with Leigh. He will leave Saints having made one first team appearance back in 2020.

Winger Regan Grace had previously confirmed his code switch to rugby union with French club Racing 92. Cumbrian prop Kyle Amor is joining Widnes for 2023.

Saints recently appointed Paul Wellens as their new head coach, following Kristian Woolf’s decision to return to Australia with new NRL club The Dolphins as assistant.

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