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Mixed emotions for Percival

13th February 2020, 18:01 by Dan McCarthy

Mark Percival has signed a new long-term contract with St Helens but will be out for several months with a shoulder injury.

The England centre, who has been with the club since a teenager, has committed his future to the club for five more years.

Since making his debut, he has become a key part of St Helens' side and won his second Super League Grand Final in October following their win against Salford.

In 158 games, he has scored 88 tries and kicked 225 goals and the 25-year-old says he is thrilled to be part of the club's long-term future.

He told the club's website: "I am over the moon. I have loved being at this club since I joined at the age of 14. Leaving has never really come into my mind and to be offered a five-year deal, I am buzzing.

However, he will not be celebrating the new deal out on the pitch as he has been ruled out for "several months" with a shoulder problem.

Percival was forced off early during Saint's 19-0 loss to Warrington on and it was initially thought he would be out for a matter of weeks.

However, a scan has since confirmed minor surgery was required and he will have to watch his team from the sidelines.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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