St Helens star Lewis Dodd’s future is up in the air at present and there are a number of avenues that Dodd’s future could take as his future unfolds in the coming weeks and months.
The halfback is out of contract at the end of the 2024 Super League season after five years playing for the club. The first and most simple avenue for Dodd to take in terms of his future is exercising the option in his contract to extend his deal until the end of the 2026 season.
However, with NRL clubs interested, the club are reportedly considering offering him a major contract extension like they did with Jack Welsby to fend off NRL interest.
Dodd is reportedly keen on moving to the NRL after appointing an Australian agent and three NRL clubs are interested in the shape of Canberra Raiders, St George Illawarra Dragons and Canterbury Bulldogs.
This leaves Dodd with a big decision to make as the season unfolds.
St Helens star becomes local hero
Dodd made his debut for the Saints’ first team in 2020 against Wigan, playing in the dummy half position and demonstrating his skill and enthusiasm. In his second game against Wakefield Trinity, he scored his first try for the Saints.
In 2021, he had a breakthrough season, stepping in for the injured Theo Fages who missed half of the season due to injury. The youngster made a total of 21 appearances at halfback and scored five times.
In 2022, he earned the coveted number #7 shirt and began the season in flying form. Unfortunately, he suffered an Achilles injury on Good Friday which ruled him out for the remainder of that season. After working hard to get back to full fitness, the youngster’s first competitive match came in the biggest game of all – the World Club Challenge. In extra time, with the Red V within distance of the posts, he called for the ball and slotted over the game-winning one-pointer, bringing home the historic third World Title for the young halfback.
St Helens Fixtures
St Helens start the season against newly promoted London Broncos who defeated them twice in 2019 the last time they were in Super League.
The following week on the 24th February, the Saints will travel to Huddersfield Giants before taking on Leigh Leopards in Round Three at the start of March.
They then take on Salford Red Devils in Round Four before their opening five games concludes with a huge fixture against rivals Leeds Rhinos.
During Round One of the Betfred Super League, a shocking incident occurred at the...
During Round One of the Betfred Super League, Castleford Tigers‘ player Liam Watts was...
Leeds Rhinos‘ new signing Paul Momirovski and opponent Ryan Brierley were both sent to...