Theo Fages reveals why he left St Helens for Huddersfield Giants

Theo Fages has become one of Super League’s greatest playmakers in recent years.

But, he has done that whilst flying under the radar at Salford Red Devils and then St Helens.

Despite the likes of Jonny Lomax and Jack Welsby getting all the attention whilst the Frenchman was at the Merseyside club, Fages was still an integral part of the club’s success under both Justin Holbrook and Kristian Woolf.

After winning the Grand Final three years in a row and a Challenge Cup, Fages decided to up sticks and move to the Huddersfield Giants to be reunited with Ian Watson, with whom he played under at Salford.

That decision to leave, however, was easy according to the diminutive halfback.

“I knew Watto (Ian Watson) from Salford as he was on the coaching staff there and I only had a one-year deal offered at St Helens,” Fages said.

“I knew what he was capable of doing with Salford – he took them to the Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final.

“All this made me excited and all the plans for the team and the club. I had a few chats with him before I signed and it was too good to turn down.”

The Frenchman left some key friends behind at Saints but revealed that security was imperative in his move across the Pennines to the John Smith’s Stadium.

“Obviously I had six years there and the last three were brilliant and I made friends for life.

“It’s a short career but they offered me one year there and Huddersfield offered me three, so they offered me more security.

“All good things come to an end but I was looking forward to the challenge here.”

Fages has since returned to action after a niggling calf issue kept him out of the Giants’ Challenge Cup Final as he prepares to take on his old side this weekend.

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