FORMER Wigan Warriors skipper Gemma Walsh has teamed up with her wife Emily Rudge after switching to Saints ahead of the 2020 season.

Stand off Walsh, who skippered the Warriors since their formation and led them to Grand Final success in 2018, is relishing the prospect of donning the red vee.

And she admitted that she had received plenty of advice from her wife Emily ahead of signing up.

Walsh said: “When I decided I was leaving Wigan I only had one club in my mind that I wanted to join and that was St Helens.

"It’s exciting really, I’m waiting to get started so it wasn’t a difficult decision at all. Head coach Derek Hardman made it easy for me too as he welcomed me into the team with open arms.

“I’ve really enjoyed the transition so far; We’ve been back training for the past few weeks and I’m getting along with the girls and they’ve been fantastic with me since I joined. The training has been tough, but I’m really looking forward to getting out on the field with the girls in the 2020 season.”

She admitted that the words of encouragement from her wife made the move even easier.

“Emily was in my ear a little bit, yes! But it wasn’t a tough decision for myself. Emily being here definitely made it easier and I’m really looking forward to playing alongside her again.”