SAINTS' Welsh flank flyer Regan Grace has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2021 season.

The Welsh World Cup wing, who has been a virtual ever present since forcing his way into the first team in spectacular fashion on Good Friday 2017, has started the year strongly, crossing four times in the first five rounds.

This follows on from his 18-try tally last season.

The 22-year-old said: "I’m delighted to have signed a new contract.

"I would like to thank CEO Mike Rush, Chairman Eamonn McManus, coach Justin Holbrook and all of the coaching staff who have helped me get to this point since my debut back in 2017.

“I am still young and have lots of learning to do, but I’m excited for what the future holds.”

Holbrook was pleased to see the former Academy Grand Final winner committing his future to the Saints.

Not only has Grace been taking his tries well, he is learning to improve other parts of his game under the high cross kick, clearing the line and being more robust in the tackle.

He still, however, has plenty of learning and improvement in him which - combined with his natural attributes - would take him up to another level.

“He is a young player who listens and is good to coach.

"He has learnt a lot in the last couple of years and although he still has a lot more to learn, he is such an explosive, natural runner, who is great to watch.

“He is an exciting young player to have on the end of our back line plays and I am confident he will achieve great things in a Saints shirt," Holbrook said.

Hailing from Port Talbot, Grace joined the club after playing rugby league for South Wales Scorpions at Under 16s and Wales at Under 18s and he was part of the unbeaten Academy Championship side in 2016.

Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “It’s great that Regan has committed to the Saints and to Super League despite a great deal of interest in him in rugby union.

“He brings speed and excitement to the team and can only improve further with experience and with age.

"He’s yet another great product of our academy system and it’s great to see so many of them in our current side.”