St Helens hand Dawson new deal

Matty Dawson has signed a two-year contract extension at the Saints, meaning that the former Huddersfield Giant and Castleford Tiger will remain with the Champions until the end of 2017.

Dawson is predominately a winger but has also played in the centres since he signed for the club in 2014.

“I had no hesitation to re-sign with the Saints,” Matty said. “I said when I signed two years ago that I was overwhelmed to be joining such a club and to accept another deal is a no brainer.

“I know Nathan Brown brought me to the Saints but it is pleasing that Keiron Cunningham has seen something in me. I hope I can continue to impress him and do what I can for the club.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am playing for St Helens; when you consider its history. It is a massive thing for me personally.

“To be part of the squad last season was also very special and what we achieved. I played 19 games but got injured towards the back end of the year and that perhaps cost me a place in the Final.

“This year I have played a few games and I am now back in the team following injury. Keiron has put faith in me following Tommy Makinson’s injury and hopefully I can fill his shoes.

“I will do my best to do that and kick on for the rest of the season.

“Langtree Park was bouncing last Friday against Wigan and I want to be part of those big games.”