Tee Ritson made his mark on his official debut for St Helens as he flew over for a try on his Super League debut against Castleford.
The Thailand-born speedster featured in Saints’ 30-18 win over St George Illawarra Dragons a fortnight ago. But his competitive debut for St Helens came in their 24-6 win at Castleford in their first Super League game of the year on Sunday.
Ritson started the game on the wing in place of Tommy Makinson. England international Makinson was ruled out through the concussion protocol.
Ritson had a few nice touches in the first half against Castleford. He got on the scoresheet in the second half after being set up by Jonny Lomax.
You could tell by Ritson’s celebration that it clearly meant a lot to him to score his first Super League try in front of the 2,000 travelling Saints fans.
The 27-year-old’s first Super League try is a moment to remember, and probably the first of many…
Welcome to #SuperLeague Tee 👋
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 26, 2023
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It’s been a whirlwind few months for Ritson, who made the move to St Helens on loan from Championship side Barrow in the off-season.
The prolific winger scored 33 tries in 31 games to help the Raiders reach the play-offs in 2022.
Ritson scored 70 tries in 73 appearances for Barrow across four seasons. He has previously enjoyed time with Workington and Newcastle Thunder.
Under contract at Craven Park, a deal was negotiated to enable him to take the full-time opportunity at St Helens where he will be putting pressure on youngster Jon Bennison for a first-team spot.
Saints lost flying winger Regan Grace to rugby union at the end of last season. They have also drafted in teenage Yorkshireman Wesley Bruines following a stint in Australia.