Tommy Makinson commits long-term future to St Helens

Drew Darbyshire

Golden Boot winner Tommy Makinson has ended speculation linking him with a move to the NRL by signing a new four-year deal with St Helens.

The England international was linked with a move to the NRL earlier in the off-season after being spotted in Newcastle.

But the winger has decided to pledge his long-term future to Saints, where he has been since 2011.

Makinson has scored 104 in 198 appearances for Saints, as well as kicking 108 goals. He made his international debut for England last year and has scored four tries in as many games for his country.

The 27-year-old won the Golden Boot award last year for being the best player on the international stage in 2018.

Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “It’s further great news for St Helens and for Super League that Tommy has committed himself to us for four years.

“Tommy has been underestimated outside of St Helens for too many years. That was firmly put to bed with his recent stand out performances for England against the Kiwis.

“He has chosen St Helens and Super League despite very attractive offers from the NRL. It’s therefore a real statement of his faith in St Helens and in Super League that he has decided to extend his contract with us.

“He’s a world class winger and it’s wonderful that he aims to see out his career with his boyhood club.”

Head Coach Justin Holbrook added “This is huge news for everyone involved with St Helens to have Tommy sign for four years.

“He’s a fantastic player, what you see on the field is exactly what we see every day in training.

“I’m very happy for him to get the rewards he got at the end of last year with the recognition of winning the Golden Boot and being named in the Dream Team, very well deserved. He is extremely hard working, and is a pleasure to coach.”