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Long admits he could leave Saints

Long celebrates winning the Lance Todd Trophy in 2006
Long celebrates winning the Lance Todd Trophy in 2006

Sean Long could be poised to quit St Helens this summer after being told he can speak to rival clubs about a move.

The scrum-half, 32, told BBC Sport that Saints are only prepared to offer him a one-year contract when his current deal expires at the end of the season.

"Obviously I'd like to stop at St Helens to finish my career but if another club comes in with a two-year deal I've got to consider it," he said.

He added it would "kill" him to leave the club he joined from Widnes in 1997.

Long has enjoyed immense success with Saints after beginning his career with Wigan.

He was released by his hometown club after just a handful of games, signing for Widnes and quickly attracting the interest of several bigger clubs.

Hopefully I get can sort it out and finish my career at St Helens

Sean Long

Long opted to join Saints and in 12 years has helped them win the Challenge Cup five times and become Super League champions on four occasions.

He has also won the Lance Todd Trophy a record-breaking three times for his man-of-the-match performances in the Challenge Cup finals of 2001, 2004 and 2006.

Asked if this was the end of his association with St Helens, Long told Stuart Pyke: "I hope it's not.

"I'm enjoying my rugby and feel pretty fresh. I don't miss any training sessions so I'm feeling good.

"Hopefully I get can sort it out and finish my career at St Helens."

Long revealed he had a meeting planned for the end of May with Saints chairman Eamonn McManus but said he was not confident of getting the two-year deal he was after.

"He said there will be an offer on the table but it will probably only be a one-year deal," said Long.

"He's given me the option to speak to other clubs, so I may as well see what's out there."

You can hear the full interview with Sean Long on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra on Friday, during half-time of the Super League game between Warrington and Wigan.



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