St Helens suffer fresh blow to forward pack with in-form youngster to miss penultimate Super League clash

Josh McAllister
George Delaney, St Helens

George Delaney in action for St Helens against Leigh Leopards in the Challenge Cup. Photo by Steve Flynn/News Images.

St Helens will be without highly-rated prop forward George Delaney for the Round 26 clash with Warrington Wolves after failing his head injury assessment against Leigh.

The 19-year-old was forced from the field early on in the second half after coming off second best in a tackle.

He will now undergo head injury protocols and will miss next Friday’s fixture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, live on Sky Sports.

Paul Wellens is already without star forwards Alex Walmsley and Agnatius Paasi following season-ending injuries sustained during their Challenge Cup semi-final showdown with the Leopards.

Dan Norman was ruled out of the Super League Round 25 fixture with Adrian Lam’s side due to concussion protocols.

George Delaney praised with breakthrough season

Delaney has enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2023, with 16 Super League appearances to date having started the season with Championship outfit Swinton Lions on loan.

He made his senior debut for the Red V side last year against Castleford.

Head coach Wellens previously said the young forward should be up for Super League’s Young Player of the Year award, having been rewarded for his performances with a fresh three-year deal earlier in August.

Following his new contract, Delaney said: “I’m feeling great. It’s just what I wanted, to extend with this club with the history it’s got and the success we’ve had, I’m hoping to be part of that with the three years I’ve signed and build as a player really.

“It’s exciting to work with the players we’ve got, we have world-class players, especially in my position, where I can pick up little things every day and keep working on my game and hopefully get some success out of it.”

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