SAINTS and England centre Mark Percival has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2026 season.

The Widnes-born centre, who has spent all his professional playing career with Saints, is a product of the club's youth system.

The 29-year-old, who enjoyed a testimonial last year, joined Saints Scholarship ranks at 14 from junior side Halton Farnworth Hornets.

Percival said: “I'm over the moon to be staying here for another two years, I’m buzzing!

“I love it at this club, I especially love the lads in the group that we've created.

"I’ve been here since I was 14 so I couldn't think of anywhere else I would rather be.

 

"I have always felt like this is home, I’ve never really looked elsewhere at all and whenever I've been offered to sign here, I've always wanted to sign and get it done quickly because I couldn't see myself playing anywhere else.”

Percival won the first of his Grand Final rings in 2014 and ranks last year's World Club Challenge as one of his greatest achievements.

He wants to bring home more silverware in 2024.

“The World Club Challenge was massive and it is something that will live with me forever, it is the best thing that I've probably ever done as a player," he said.

"The disappointment of not being able to come and win again, whether it was the Challenge Cup or the Grand Final, it's something that we're all used to getting to.

"To not do that last year was quite disappointing, so I think we are all raring to go, everyone’s had a good pre-season and been ripping in. We're excited for the year ahead.

“I think it gives us that ‘something,’ we want to show that we're not done, people think we're not going to turn up. We've been the Champions for a long time - we're not anymore and we really want to get back to that.”

Percival paid tribute to the Saints fans for their support and said: "I'm looking forward to getting out there now.

"I still feel like I've got a lot to give, and I will just give everything until I can't walk, which will probably end up the result!”

Head Coach Paul Wellens was delighted that Percival had decided to extend his stay at the club.

Wellens said: "He’s been here a long time and is almost part of the furniture now. We don't take that for granted, he is a special player and a special person.

"Percy has been integral to the success that we have had here and has the utmost respect from every member of the playing group and coaching staff.

"As a Club, we are always delighted when we can retain our better players, and Mark Percival is certainly one of those.”