St Helens sign two Welsh union converts

St Helens have signed up two young Welsh players into their Academy system, in the shape of centre Calvin Wellington, 18, and winger Regan Grace, 17.

Both have signed 12-month deals to play in the Under-19s, after impressing on trial this season.

“We have a number of scouts and connections in South Wales and Chris O’Callaghan asked us to take a look at Calvin and Regan,” Saints U-19s Head Coach Derek Traynor said.

“We went to see them play rugby union for Aberavon Quins and they really impressed us.

“From there we invited them for a two-week trial at the club and they played three matches.

“We were really pleased with how they conducted themselves on and off the field and we are delighted they have agreed a contract with us.”

Grace also played rugby league for South Walws Scorpions at U-16 level, and has represented Wales at U-18s level.

Wellington appeared for Wales at U-16s and U-18s, and has also played for the Scorpions.

“Calvin and Regan love rugby league and are eager to progress into first team players,” Traynor added.

“They have genuine pace and in the month they have been here they have been working hard, have great attitudes and are impressing the coaching staff.

“They are certainly players for the future.

“We see South Wales as a real growth area for us and we believe there is of untapped talent down there. With our contacts we are hoping to realise this and Calvin and Regan are just the start.”

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