Smith to depart Saints

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St Helens confirmed on Thursday that experienced half-back Matty Smith will depart the club at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old former England international has only made seven appearances in 2018 and Justin Holbrook confirmed that the academy graduate will be allowed to leave the club for an undisclosed fee. “Matty is too good not to be playing in Super League regularly,” he told the media. It has been suggested for months that Smith will be joining Catalans Dragons for 2019 but that has yet to be confirmed, although the French team’s Josh Drinkwater revealed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Having been a regular fixture in Super League throughout his career, this year Smith has seen himself playing second fiddle to Danny Richardson as St Helens’ first choice scrum half and the youngster has impressed, leaving Smith on the sidelines. Having joined the club in 2006 from their academy, loan spells with Widnes, Celtic Crusaders and Salford preceded a permanent move to the latter. He moved to Wigan in July 2012 and, in his first full year at the club, he was a key part of their double winning team. A return to his boyhood club from their greatest rivals followed for the 2017 season.

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