He burst onto the scene at the club and in the Super League before injury struck but that has not crushed the spirit of Luke Walsh, who has re-signed with St Helens for the 2016 season.
Having missed the last 2 months of the 2014 season including St Helens grand final triumph due to a broken leg, Walsh took up the third year option in his contract with good reason.
He was keen to repay the club and its fans for supporting him during the injury-riddled period.
“It was an easy decision to make,” Walsh said.
“The club and the fans have been great to me, especially after the injury and it felt like the right thing to do. I now want to win things.”
He was set to return but an ankle complaint that needed work then prolonged his stint on the sidelines but Walsh is keen to get back on the paddock and perform for St Helens.
“It has been frustrating for me since the injury. The leg break healed fine but the ankle was grumbling. That is all fixed now and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field. It has been tortuous really because I had a great start,” said Walsh.
“I wanted to play a lot more footy not only for me but the fans too. My motivation is to come back and repay their faith this year and next.”
The former Penrith Panthers half started his Super League career with 162 points in 14 games and is hoping to return as early as next week.
“I’m hoping to be back in the next week or so,” Walsh added.
“The fans have been unreal to me and my family as has everyone in St Helens.
“The office staff, coaches and medical staff, as well as (chairman) Eamonn McManus and the board have been unbelievable and I hope to repay that faith with some silverware.”