Shannon McDonnell keen on extending Saints stay

St Helens full-back Shannon McDonnell wants to make his deal with the Super League leaders a permanent one after impressing on his debut last week.

The 27-year-old Australian penned a short-term deal in July to cover injuries after finding himself without a club. It expires at the end of this season.

On his Saints debut last week, he scored two tries against Wakefield.

“It’s good to be back as it has been a long year,” he said.

“I played at Rochdale [on dual registration] and really enjoyed that. It meant I was more comfortable coming into the game and it paid off.

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“I knew the atmosphere would be great as I’ve played here before. The fans are passionate and the boys have made it easy for me to come here and do what I have to do. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

“I have been around for a while at full-back so I wasn’t really under any pressure. In fact it was easier with the style of football we play to fit in. Playing off the back of the halves we have here has made it easier too.

“Of course I’m hoping for more. I’m just training hard and hoping for the best. I just want to contribute to the great year Saints are having in any way I can.

“Long term I’d love to pull on the Red Vee here. I’ve not spoken about next year yet. Hopefully this is the start of something.

“I would love to stay on here beyond this season, especially after how easy it has been to come in and the culture of the club.”

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