SAINTS legend Jon Wilkin celebrates a milestone birthday today.

The former back-rower and skipper, who made 424 appearances in the red V between 2003 and 2018, moves into his 40s today, having been born on November 1, 1983, in Hull.

He also played for Hull KR, Toronto Wolfpack, England and Great Britain.

Wilkin, a director in several businesses including a coffee shop in Manchester city centre, remains a familiar face in the sport, with being a regular pundit on Sky Sports and BBC match broadcasts.

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He was highly decorated in his playing days with Saints, winning the World Club Challenge in 2007, the Super League title in 2006 and 2014, the Challenge Cup in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, plus the League Leaders’ Shield in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014 and 2018.

Wilkin was such a versatile and durable performer, never appearing in less than 20 games in any one season at the club.

He was renowned for his footballing ability, which led to him covering in the halves for spells, while he was lethal running through holes as a second-rower or a workhorse in the middle as a loose-forward.

Wilkin shares his 40th birthday with a number of stars from other sports, including Olympian swimmer Sharron Davies (61) and ex-Manchester United striker Mark Hughes (60).