Super League: St Helens reward academy players with new contracts
Last Updated: 13/05/13 11:05am
Nathan Brown: believes Anthony Walker and Jordan Hand can become long-term players for Saints
Super League club St Helens have rewarded youngsters Anthony Walker and Jordan Hand with new contracts.
Walker, 21, has agreed a new two-year deal while teenager Hand has extended his stay for an additional 12 months.
Head coach Nathan Brown has liked what he has seen from the duo and believes there is much more to come.
The former Huddersfield Giants boss sees no reason why the pair cannot become long-term players for the Langtree Park side.
"Anthony has played regularly, come into the team and done well," Brown told the club's official website.
"We're pleased with how he has adapted to the consistency of first grade rugby league - not that he didn't have the talent in the first place.
"Jordan has also made one appearance this season and as the months and years progress he will get better. He is a tough kid.
"They are natural players, not manufactured, and have come through a good system. They have had a good education from a young age and understand the game very well.
"As long as they train very hard in the years down the track they should develop into good long-term players for the club. Now they have to work really hard and keep their feet on the ground."