JAMES Bentley is looking forward to continuing his development at Saints after signing a 12 month contract extension.

The deal will keep the talented backrower at the club until at least the end of the 2021 season.

Bentley signed for Saints from Bradford Bulls back in 2017 and has made 25 appearances, scoring four tries.

This season the 23-year-old Irish international has already played five times scoring two tries.

He has often been utilised in a variety of positions including in the back row, hooker and in the centres, with his versatility becoming important to the Saints squad.

In a statement, Bentley said: “I am very happy to sign an extension with the club. We had a great year last season and I am looking forward to what the future may hold.

“I want to thank Kristian Woolf, my team-mates and all the staff and the fans who have always made me feel at home.

"I am excited to get going again and hope to continue my development at Saints.”

Head coach Kristian Woolf added: “It’s great news to have James committing his future to the Saints.

“James has a great attitude and gives it his all in every training session and on the field.

“He has already shown his talent this season since I came in and is an important part of our squad moving forward.

“If he continues to work hard and improve he will have a bright future ahead of him.”