St Helens (11/10 Grand Final Winner) have been hit by the news that winger Regan Grace will miss the rest of his final season with the club after rupturing his Achilles.
The Welsh winger pulled up unchallenged during the closing stages of Sunday’s shock 44-12 defeat at Salford and with him requiring surgery, his time with Saints looks to have come to a premature end.
Grace confirmed last month that he would be leaving the Totally Wicked Stadium at the end of the current Betfred Super League season after taking up an offer to switch codes by joining French rugby union side Racing 92.
The 25-year-old had grabbed four tries in his nine outings in 2022, having crossed 21 times as Saints won a third straight Grand Final in 2021.
Coach Kristian Woolf (pictured) confirmed the news, describing it as a “devastating blow” but adding that despite his departure, Grace will be given all the support he requires.
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Woolf said: “The fact that he’s not going to be here next year adds to the feeling and it is sad that this is the way that his Saints career at the moment has finished.
“He will undergo surgery in the next few days and that is something the Club will try and do as soon as possible for him. One thing this Club does really well is support the players in that way but also off the field.
“He’ll get all the support he needs from the Club and from his teammates. We will make sure that when he leaves at the end of the year to go to his next club, that we put him in the best position we can because we want him to be successful there as well.”
In more positive news for Saints, Woolf says Curtis Sironen’s bicep injury is not as serious as first thought after the Australian was forced off in that defeat at Salford.
The boss will name his squad for Sunday’s home game against Castleford on Friday but has already confirmed that Tommy Makinson is fit to return.
However, Lewis Dodd, Will Hopoate and Mark Percival are injured, while Sione Mata’utia faces the final match of his three-game suspension.
Saints sit four points clear at the top of the standings and are 1/4 to beat Cas, who are 3/1, with the tie 22/1.
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