9th November 2020, 20:13 | StHelens
St Helens prop-forward Matty Lees has agreed a new deal with the club which will keep him at the Totally Wicked Stadium until the end of the 2022 Betfred Super League season.
Lees – who played his amateur Rugby League at Rochdale Mayfield – joined the club at 16 and has progressed via the Academy before debuting for St Helens in 2017.
Following a successful 2019 season which saw St Helens lift the League Leaders’ Shield and win the Betfred Super League Grand Final, Leeds was named as Super League’s Young Player of the Year. However, Lees did miss both the Grand Final and Coral Challenge Cup Final through injury.
Lees also represented England Knights against Papua New Guinea in 2018.
On signing his new deal, Lees said: “I am made up. To be given the opportunity to stay here for another two years is great and I am really looking forward to what the future may hold.
“I want to thank everyone at the Club, Eamonn [McManus], Mike Rush, Kristian [Woolf] for giving me the opportunity to stay here. My parents and partner have been a big help, especially given what happened with my injury last year and I want to thank them too for helping me through to this point.
“I am enjoying my time here and it was a no-brainer to stay. The club has been great with me, especially last year with my injury and I now want to re-pay them in the next two years.”
St Helens Head Coach Kristian Woolf added: “I am very pleased we gave been able to tie down Matty. I love Matty’s physicality and toughness. He isn’t the biggest of props, but he makes up for it with the way he throws his body around both with and without the ball.
“James Graham has also had a big influence on Matty’s development this year. He has been able to learn from him and has progressed to take on more responsibility, as a started in the forwards.
“We see Matty as a guy who will progress into a future international and a guy who can lead our pack in the future as one of the number one props in the competition.”
St Helens recently announced that Morgan Knowles had also signed a contract extension with the club.