Young Saints trio extend their stay at Langtree Park

St Helens Star: Mark Percival Mark Percival

SAINTS have handed four-and-a-half year contract extensions to three young and promising members of their squad.

Academy products Mark Percival, Luke Thompson and Greg Richards have all put pen to paper on deals until the end of the 2018 season.

Head Coach Nathan Brown said: “We’re delighted to have signed up Mark, Luke and Greg. They are three good players who are continuously improving the more Super League experience they get.

“Their task now is to keep their heads down, work hard and learn from the experience of playing first grade rugby league. If they do that then they can all go far in the game.”

Percival, 20, made his debut against Leeds in 2013 and has gone on to make 15 appearances for the Club.

Lightning quick off the mark, the centre has scored six tries and kicked 12 goals, and is still improving.

Teammate Luke Thompson 19-years-old and has impressed since his bow at London last season.

He’s a forward who can play anywhere in the pack and has represented England on their Academy Tour of Australia.

The former Bold Miner has been one of Nathan Brown’s most consistent performers this season too and has made 14 appearances, in total, in the Red Vee.

Like Mark and Luke, Cumbrian Greg Richards also made his debut last season after performing well in the under 19s set up.

Hailing from Barrow, he is an out and out prop with a big engine and played for England Under 18s at the age of 16.

He also won Forward of the Year on Saints Academy's unbeaten tour of Australia in 2011.

Greg, 18, has played nine times for the Saints.

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