Mark Percival will go down as a modern legend of the game.
He is a four-time Super League Champion and a two-time Grand Final try scorer scoring superb tries against Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos in almost the exact same spot both times in Saints’ first and last Grand Final triumphs of their historic four in a row. Percival did sadly miss out in the 2020 win over Wigan Warriors.
Nonetheless, he is a player who should be celebrated and will be tonight as the Saints take on Widnes Vikings.
The game kicks off at 8pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium tonight.
Paul Wellens has named his first squad as St Helens coach as he prepares his side for a clash against Widnes Vikings in Mark Percival’s testimonial.
In a heartbreaking turn of fate, Percival will not play in the game through injury.
Meanwhile, England internationals Jack Welsby, Tommy Makinson, Matty Lees, Joe Batchelor and Morgan Knowles are rested as is skipper James Roby.
Will Hopoate is also absent whilst Lewis Dodd and Alex Walmsley return from injury.
Jonny Lomax and Sione Mata’utia will feature as will Joey Lussick, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Curtis Sironen and Agnatius Paasi.
There will be a debut for winger Tee Ritson as his battle with Jon Bennison for the left wing spot begins with the two both set to feature in this clash.
Konrad Hurrell will also be hoping to show that he should start at centre as he gets a run out.
Here is the squad in full:
5. Jon Bennison, 6. Jonny Lomax, 7. Lewis Dodd, 8. Alex Walmsley, 11. Sione Mata’utia, 14. Joey Lussick, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Curtis Sironen, 17. Agnatius Paasi, 18. Jake Wingfield, 19. James Bell, 20. Dan Norman, 21. Ben Davies, 22. Sam Royle, 23. Konrad Hurrell, 24. Lewis Baxter, 25. Tee Ritson, 26. Dan Hill, 27. Jumah Sambou, 29. Taylor Pemberton, 30. George Delaney, 31. Daniel Moss, 32. Ben Lane, 33. McKenzie Buckley, 34. Wesley Bruines, Jake Burns, Keane Gilford, Elliot Peposhi, Alfie Pyke, Will Roberts, Dayon Sambou and Jonny Vaughan.
As for Widnes, they have Percival’s former teammates playing in the shape of new signing Kyle Amor and Jack Owens.
👥 SQUAD NEWS
The Vikings have named a 23-man squad for Friday's trip to @Saints1890! ⚫⚪
— Widnes Vikings (@WidnesRL) January 25, 2023