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Alex Walmsley and Adam Swift sign extended deals at Saints
11:32am Friday 24th January 2014 in Sport
SAINTS have a double reason to celebrate after securing two of the hottest properties in the game.
Ahead of the new First Utility Super League XIX season, Adam Swift and Alex Walmsley have committed themselves to the club.
Swift, 19, has extended his contract through to the end of season 2017 whilst Walmsley, 23, will remain at Saints until the end of the season 2017.
Swift said: “I’m over the moon to sign a new contract at Saints. It’s a club I have always wanted to play for and I have enjoyed my time here so far.
“I know I have been given the number 5 shirt, but that isn’t a guarantee of a spot especially with the quality of the players we have here. I know I have to continue to work hard and keep learning.”
Walmsley added: “I’m delighted the club has rewarded me with a new contract and I would like to thank both Eamonn McManus and Mike Rush for showing faith in me. I am happy to commit my future to the club.
“We have recruited well in the off-season and I can’t wait to get started. There will be a lot of competition for places and that strength in depth is not only good for the club this season but in the future too - something I am excited to be part of.
“I had a good season last year and now I am looking forward to getting stuck in and showing the fans the improvements I have made in pre-season.”
Swift joined Saints from Blackbrook and made his debut against Widnes in 2012 - scoring a hat-trick.
He combined training at the club with a HNC mechanical engineering apprenticeship and became a full time professional the following year.
2013 was his breakout season adding 13 tries in 11 matches on the wing - including two when Saints beat Wigan in a dramatic clash in July.
Walmsley's rise to Super League rugby has been nothing short of remarkable.
The no nonsense mountain of a prop came to the club from Batley Bulldogs and was one of the real finds of the season.
He made his debut at home against Hull FC and went on to make 26 appearances for the club.
Considering in consecutive seasons he played for GB Students, Dewsbury Celtic and Batley, his transition to Super League was unheralded.
Saints CEO Mike Rush said: “We are delighted to secure the signatures of these two players. Both are on the rise in the British game and we have no doubt they will continue to get better and improve.”
Head coach Nathan Brown added: “Adam is a good young kid who took his chance last season. He is quick and eager to learn and I'm sure if he continues to develop will have a very good future in the game.
"Alex surprised everyone with how well he coped with the rigours of Super League but he thoroughly deserved the accolades that came his way. He adds a lot of size to our pack and like Adam will continue to develop and have a bright future."
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