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St Helens boss provides update on future of out of contract pair

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St Helens remain in contention for the top spot in Super League this season, despite being in a perceived transition period. The Saints were Super League’s dominant force, winning four consecutive Grand Finals between 2019 and 2022, before losing their crown to arch-rivals Wigan Warriors in 2023.

The Saints face a rebuild next season, with a number of key players out of contract. Club stalwart, Tommy Makinson will leave the club to join the Catalans Dragons for 2025 and a number of other players are out of contract, including Waqa Blake, Sione Mata’utia and Konrad Hurrell.

Saints are yet to announce any incoming players for 2025, however, are thought to be active in the market. now, boss, Paul Wellens, had provided an update on the club’s retention plans. This includes a significant update on the futures of two of their out of contract stars.

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St Helens boss provides update on out of contract pair

St Helens Paul Wellens

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Speaking in the St Helens Star, Saints boss Wellens has provided an update on the futures of Mata’utia and Hurrell. Both men have been an important part of Saints’ success in recent years, but are out of contract at the end of the season.

On Mata’utia, Saints have an option to extend his contract for the 2025 season. However, they are giving Mata’utia time to decide on his future, as he has a young family and Saints want to give him space to decide what is best for his family. Wellens said:

“We are very respectful of his personal situation given the fact that he’s got a young family and one that’s continuing to grow, with his partner Hannah being a big support for Sione as well.”

Before adding, “Sione is under no illusion in terms of Option One for us – and that Sione Mata’utia being a Saints player in 2025.”

Wellens happy with Hurrell’s performances

Konrad Hurrell

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Hurrell joined the Saints from Leeds Rhinos, having impressed with his performances at Headingley. He was part of the Rhinos side which won the 2020 Challenge Cup and made the play-off semi-finals in the following season.

He left the Rhinos to join Saints and was part of the side which would overcome his former club in the 2022 Super League Grand Final. Hurrell has been a regular for Saints this season, making 14 appearances and scoring five tries.

Again speaking in the St Helens Star, Wellens explained that he was happy with Hurrell’s current performances and his application levels on the training ground. Wellens believes that if Hurrell can continue to show the same levels of dedication for the remainder of the season, then his contract situation should be positively resolved.

“I’m really happy with Konrad – not only his form but with his application in recent times and that’s reflected in his performances in recent times.” Wellens said, before concluding:

“Hopefully that can continue and then something can be sorted from a contract perspective.”

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