SAINTS scrum half Kyle Eastmond is expected to announce within the next 48 hours that he has signed to play for Bath.

The decision cannot come soon enough for some Saints fans, who booed Eastmond off after tonight’s defeat by Warrington.

Eastmond walked off alone at the end instead of staying with his teammates to applaud the fans.

Saints coach Royce Simmons also wants the issue resolved soon to stop it interfering with preparation for the next game against Catalan.

He said: "I think it will come out in the next 48 hours if not 24 hours. I don’t know what the decision is, but everyone is pushing hard for that to happen.

"I don’t want to go into next week’s game wondering. The last thing you want is the whole side worrying whether he leaving or not.

“If it is sorted early the players, including Kyle, can get their heads around it.”

Eastmond is contracted to Saints until October – but, if tonight’s atmosphere is anything to go by, the months ahead could severely test the relationship between the young scrum half and the fans.