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St Helens: Luke Walsh will honour his contract

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St Helens have quashed suggestions that Penrith Panthers' scrum-half Luke Walsh will not honour his contract with the club.

The 26-year-old - believed to be a huge admirer of the Super League - agreed a two-year deal with the Saints after making over 100 appearances during spells with Newcastle and the Panthers in the NRL.

His Panthers team-mate Mose Masoe will join him at the Super League side after agreeing a move just last month.

However, according to reports in Australia, Walsh has hinted that he could get out of his contract at the Saints at any time, prompting St Helens to make an official statement on their website in regards to the matter.

"St Helens would like to state that, contrary to incorrect reports in Australia, Luke Walsh has signed a two-year contract with the club, with an option for a further year, from 2014," read a statement on the club's official website.

"Saints are looking forward to welcoming the Penrith Panthers' scrum-half next season alongside his team-mate Mose Masoe. A club spokesman added that the option is in the player's favour."

Walsh, Penrith's player of the season in 2011, made his name in the RFL after breaking into the Newcastle side in 2007 before sealing a move to the Panthers two years later.

He is well-known for his goal-kicking skills and will prove to be a useful addition when he joins the Saints for the start of the 2014 season.

St Helens currently lie seventh in the Super League table after a 24-40 win away to Castleford Tigers last night.


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