UK Theo Fages' St Helens future unclear as salary cap and pathway problems emerge last minute news

MetiNews.Com - The Frenchman is off-contract at the end of the season and yet to hold contract talks with the club.

UK Theo Fages' St Helens future unclear as salary cap and pathway problems emerge last minute news

MetiNews.Com - The Frenchman is off-contract at the end of the season and yet to hold contract talks with the club.

UK Theo Fages' St Helens future unclear as salary cap and pathway problems emerge last minute news
08 April 2021 - 16:00

Breaking News ! Across Super League, clubs are in the process of retaining their off-contract players. St Helens are no different. In recent weeks they've tied down Alex Walmsley, Jonny Lomax and Josh Simm to new long-term deals. But one player whose future isn't as clear at this stage is Theo Fages. While talks with the likes of James Bentley and Regan Grace, two other major players off-contract, are thought to be underway, it's unknown whether any talks have taken place with Fages at this stage. Read More Related Articles Liam Farrell admits Wigan Warriors Challenge Cup pressure after unacceptable wait for trophy Read More Related Articles Richard Marshall tips Salford skipper to break into England reckoning for Rugby League World Cup It's an interesting development given Fages' stature in the team and the fact he will be able to speak to rival clubs from May 1st if his future isn't tied up before then. The Frenchman has been Saints' first-choice halfback alongside Jonny Lomax for the past two seasons, with the club winning back-to-back Grand Finals in the process. Still only 26, Fages has established himself as a key cog in Saints' spine and was a star performer in the recent win over Hull KR. Yet with his contract drawing to a close, there appears to be a growing possibility that he will leave at the end of the season. It's worth noting that Saints still have time to do business but as May draws nearer, the situation becomes more and more peculiar. There could be a reason behind it. Simply put, St Helens might not be able to afford him. In giving Walmsley and Lomax new contracts, their salaries are likely to have been increased. The same will apply to Grace and even more so to Bentley, whose stock has risen significantly in the last 12 months and will command a much bigger salary than his existing deal.

. Like Walmsley and Lomax, their value has only increased since previously negotiating with the club. St Helens have run their salary cap excellently for a long period, aided substantially by their ability to integrate Academy players into the first-team setup. In Jack Welsby and Louis Dodd, the club boasts two of the best young talents in the country. Welsby's progression into a permanent position appears transparent. He is likely to replace Lachlan Coote at fullback, another who is off-contract at the end of the year. Dodd, a halfback, will eventually be unleashed and eased into the system but his pathway isn't quite as apparent right now. If Fages isn't around, his pathway into the side becomes a little clearer. When you combine both the salary cap and pathway factors together, it becomes a little clearer how his stay at the club could be coming towards a close. If that's the case, he's almost certain to be the most in-demand player on the market this summer. Fages is in the prime of his career, a proven track record of winning trophies and a widely-regarded top-level performer. With several clubs likely to be shopping in the halfback department ahead of 2022, it's clear to see that a bidding war could take place. As ever, time will tell.

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UK Theo Fages' St Helens future unclear as salary cap and pathway problems emerge last minute news


UK Theo Fages' St Helens future unclear as salary cap and pathway problems emerge last minute news


UK Theo Fages' St Helens future unclear as salary cap and pathway problems emerge last minute news


UK Theo Fages' St Helens future unclear as salary cap and pathway problems emerge last minute news

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