It’s coming to that time again when clubs nail down the futures of those they want to keep, but for some, it will be time to leave.
So, we at Serious About Rugby League believed it would be good to start off a series including those players from clubs whose futures are still yet to be decided.
Next up are St Helens.
He’s been at St Helens since 2014, and Kyle Amor has become an incredibly important forward for the Saints ever since then, registering almost 200 appearances. Of course, at the age of 33, the Irish international is not getting any younger so 2021 could well be his last season at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Joining Saints in 2019 on a three-year deal, Joe Batchelor has failed to earn a regular spot, only just making double figures for the club since then. At 26, the second-rower still has a long way to go in his career, but it remains to be seen if that will be at St Helens or not.
The subject of intense rumours earlier in the season regarding a potential move to Leeds, those rumours have somewhat died away, but James Bentley could still be a major target for other clubs especially with how he played in the latter half of 2020.
Lachlan Coote, like James Bentley, has been linked with a move away from Saints, but back to his home nation Australia. The fullback joined St Helens in 2019 following the departure of Ben Barba and has been one of the most consistent performers in Super League ever since. Kristian Woolf has spoken of his desire to keep Coote, but salary cap restraints may say otherwise.
23-year-old Josh Eaves has already spent time on-loan at Whitehaven, Leigh and Wakefield and may be looking elsewhere for more game time.
With rumours of a move to Huddersfield still doing the rounds, Theo Fages is apparently a wanted man. And, despite Saints boss Kristian Woolf saying that he wanted to keep the halfback, who knows what might happen?
An ever-present for Saints since his move back in 2011, LMS has made over 300 appearances for the Lancashire club in that time. Aged 35, his time in rugby league could be coming to an end, but if this season has shown anything so far then it’s his ability to go round again.
Kevin Naiqama moved to Saints at the same time as Lachlan Coote and boy what a duo these two have been. A centre that never takes a backwards step, Naiqama has been linked with a move back home.
Another that’s come through the Saints academy, Tom Nisbet signed a one-year deal back in 2020 to take him to the end of this season. But, with an ability to play anywhere along the backline, will Woolf keep him?
One of St Helens’ greatest ever players in the Super League era, James Roby came through the Saints system way back in 2004 and has madeover 400 appearances in the Red Vee. A true Saints legend, but that doesn’t man he will play on.