Mark Percival says he’ll work hard to repay the club for its faith in him after agreeing a new five-year deal with St Helens.

The centre will remain at The Totally Wicked Stadium until at least the end of 2024, after having first joined the club as a 14-year-old, and having made his debut in 2013.

He said:“I am over the moon. I have loved being at this club since I joined at the age of 14. Leaving has never really come into my mind and to be offered a five year deal, I am buzzing.

““I have known Mike (Rush) and Eamonn (McManus) for a long time now and for them to put their faith in me to be at this club for so long is something I am humbled by and I want to repay them with my performances.”

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Head coach Kristian Woolf said: “I’m delighted Mark has signed a new deal with us. He’s as tough as they come and although only in his mid-twenties is a player with a vast amount of experience.

“Having won two Grand Finals he clearly knows how to win and that is hugely beneficial to our group and the younger players. We will miss Percy over the coming weeks given his injury, but when he is back fit I have no doubt he will continue to be an important player for us over the coming years.”

Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “I believe Mark Percival to be the best centre in England at the moment and with potential to get even better.

“It’s therefore great news for us and for Super League that that Mark has signed a new five year deal. It’s unfortunate that he is currently out injured for a while but I’m positive that he’ll return stronger and better and have a great career with us.”