Three time Grand Final winner Regan Grace’s future has been up in the air for months and has now been resolved.
The winger had been linked with rugby union clubs from England, Wales and France before reports emerged on Sunday that he’d signed a one year deal with French rugby union club Racing 92 with an option for a second.
St Helens have today confirmed that news saying Grace turned down a deal proposed by the Super League Champions.
Grace told saintsrlfc.com: “I want to thank everyone at St Helens especially Eamonn McManus, Mike Rush as well as Academy Head Coach Derek Traynor for bringing me up here and taking a risk on a young kid from Wales. It was a big move for me and I have loved every minute of being here.
“All the years being here, the Club and coaches have looked after me well and have given me my chances. Thanks also to all of my teammates who I have had the privilege of playing with.
“And of course, I want to thank all the St Helens fans, in particular the Imperial Exiles who sponsored me and looked after me when I first came over. Thanks also to the Donnelly’s and my partners family too who have all played their part and help me feel at home.
“The town has been a big part of my life. I have spent my entire adult life here and it has become my home. It was such a hard decision to leave because of those emotions, but I want to go and test myself and experience a new challenge.
“To win three Super League titles and a Challenge Cup has been a dream come true and my full focus is now ensuring we win a fourth title at the end of the year.”
Chairman Eamonn McManus added: “Regan has been an exciting and important contributor to the major successes of the Saints in recent years.
“We clearly very much wanted him to stay at the Saints and in Super League in the years ahead.
“However, we fully accept and respect his decision to pursue a new career, life and lifestyle in France and wish him and his family every happiness and success.”