Percival pens Saints extension

St.Helens R.F.C. is thrilled to announce that England international centre Mark Percival has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the Club until at least the end of the 2026 season!

Mark Percival is proudly sponsored by Proicere.

One of the best centres in Betfred Super League, Percival has spent all his professional playing career with St.Helens and is a proud product of the world-renowned Saints youth system. The now 29-year-old first joined our Scholarship ranks at the age of fourteen from amateur side Halton Hornets, he progressed through the Academy to become an outstanding regular in the Red V.

Since making his debut in 2013, ‘Percy’ has played 222 times for St.Helens scoring; 117 tries and racking up 292 goals for a whopping 1,052 points total for the Club so far.

2023 was Mark’s tenth season in the Red V and saw him awarded a testimonial season in recognition of his service. It was a memorable year, highlighted by winning the World Club Challenge against Penrith Panthers in Australia – the latest addition to Percival’s incredible trophy-laden record.

Percival also has to his name four League Leaders’ Shields, a Challenge Cup trophy, three Super League Dream Team selections, and has been part of five Super League title-winning teams for the Saints.

A delighted Mark Percival spoke to about the news and said: “I’m happy, I’m over the moon to be staying here for another two years, I’m buzzing!

“I love it at this club, I especially love the lads in the group that we’ve created, I’ve been here since I was about fourteen so I couldn’t think of anywhere else I would rather be. I have always felt like this is home, I’ve never really looked elsewhere at all and whenever I’ve been offered to sign here, I’ve always wanted to sign and get it done quickly because I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else.”

Our #4 has a trophy record that most of the players in the Super League would be envious of, and whilst the World Club Challenge was one of his greatest achievements, he insists that both he and the Club want to bring home more silverware in 2024.

“[The World Club Challenge] was massive and it is something that will live with me forever, it is the best thing that I’ve probably ever done as a player. The disappointment of not being able to come and win again, whether it was the Challenge Cup or the Grand Final, it’s something that we’re all used to getting to. To not do that last year was quite disappointing, so I think we are all raring to go, everyone’s had a good pre-season and been ripping in. We’re excited for the year ahead.

“I think it gives us that ‘something,’ we want to show that we’re not done, people think we’re not going to turn up. We’ve been the Champions for a long time – we’re not anymore and we really want to get back to that.”

To finish, Percival paid tribute to the Saints faithful supporters for their backing of him, saying a comment that typifies just why he is a firm fan favourite.

“I just want to say thank you and I’m looking forward to getting out there now. I still feel like I’ve got a lot to give, and I will just give everything until I can’t walk, which will probably end up the result!”

Head Coach Paul Wellens added about Percival’s extension saying: “We’re delighted that Percy [Percival] has decided to extend his stay with us, he’s been here a long time and is almost part of the furniture now. We don’t take that for granted, he is a special player and a special person.

Percy has been integral to the success that we have had here and has the utmost respect from every member of the playing group and coaching staff. As a Club, we are always delighted when we can retain our better players, and Mark Percival is certainly one of those.”

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