St Helens set to land speedster on permanent contract

Josh McAllister
Tee Ritson is congratulated by Agnatius Paasi and Jack Welsby after a try-saving tackle.

Tee Ritson is congratulated by Agnatius Paasi and Jack Welsby after a try-saving tackle. Photo by Alex Whitehead/

St Helens are set to make loanee winger Tee Ritson their permanent player from Barrow Raiders, according to reports.

Speaking ahead of Warrington’s clash with Leeds at the Halliwell Jones Stadium live on Sky Sports, reporter Jenna Brooks broke the news during the pre-match coverage.

Ritson, 27, joined the reigning champions initially on a season-long loan from Cumbrian outfit Barrow ahead of the 2023 campaign, with the prospect of signing on a permanent contract.

The Thailand-born speedster crossed for 33 tries in 31 appearances in the Championship last year under Paul Crarey, having helped the side win promotion from League 1 on the first time of asking in 2021.

He has made 12 appearances so far in 2023 under Paul Wellens, scoring twice.

Tonga international and St Helens centre Konrad Hurrell recently secured his future with a new one-year deal with St Helens.

The Tongan powerhouse was out of contract at the end of the season, but now also has an option for the 2025 campaign in the club’s favour.

Tee Ritson a ‘good example’ for St Helens youngsters says coach

St Helens boss Wellens recently hailed Ritson as a good example to St Helens youngsters after making the transition into a full-time environment.

Ritson was given his first chance upon the club’s return to England following their win over Penrith in the World Club Challenge in the 24-6 win over Castleford.

“Tee is a good example to all our young players really,” Wellens said.

“Although it is his first year as a full-time rugby league player, he is 27 years of age and he is a really mature kid.

“And what you get with that maturity is their ability to take on, retain information and go out there and do something about it.”

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