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Cunningham extends St Helens deal

Kieron Cunningham
Cunningham will lead his team at Old Trafford on Saturday

St Helens captain Keiron Cunningham has signed a new 12-month deal that will keep him at the club for a 15th year.

Cunningham will lead Saints against Leeds Rhinos in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday.

"My form has been good this year and I feel I can carry on for another season," said the 31-year-old, who is Saints' longest-serving player.

"I am excited about the challenge that a new coach and new players will bring to the club."

The former Wales and Great Britain hooker made his debut in 1994 and has made 481 appearances for Saints.

Cunningham added: "I spoke to the chairman [Eamonn McManus] and [chief executive] Tony Colquitt earlier in the year about going around again and I said I would consider it if I felt I was in good enough condition towards the end of the season.


"I didn't want to get to a point where I was just dragging myself around the field."

Cunningham has been named in the Super League Dream Team seven times out of a possible 13 and the club will mark his distinguished service be erecting a bronze statue of him outside their planned new stadium.

McManus said: "We are delighted that Keiron will be staying with us for another season at least.

"He has been Super League's outstanding player for more than a decade and his influence on the club and the game cannot be overstated.

"He epitomises the club - he is an out-and-out winner but handles it with modesty and dignity."

see also
Saints and Leeds head Dream Team
16 Sep 08 |  Rugby League
St Helens 38-10 Leeds
19 Sep 08 |  Rugby League
Super Saints clinch Cup final win
30 Aug 08 |  Rugby League
Saints stars agree new contracts
22 May 07 |  St Helens
Cunningham quits internationals
20 Aug 06 |  International
Cunningham hails Anderson impact
13 Jul 05 |  St Helens
Saints appoint Anderson as coach
17 May 05 |  St Helens

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