SALFORD Red Devils want-away scrum-half Theo Fages has finally completed his move to Super League champions St Helens on a four-year deal.
The Frenchman will arrive at Langtree Park in December after a compensation fee has been accepted for the 21-year-old, who has not played for the Reds’ since July and was officially released on Monday.
The AJ Bell Stadium outfit have received an ‘undisclosed transfer fee’ for Fages, who made his debut in 2013 having originally joined them at the age of 16.
Fages submitted a transfer request in June, resigned from the club a month later and was advised to return to his homeland by his agent.
He also indicated he would take the club to a tribunal to secure his release after owner Marwan Koukash said it would take a record £700,000 transfer fee for him to leave.
Despite St Helens coach Kieron Cunningham previously stating he was not interested in signing Fages, the done deal has now been confirmed by Koukash on Twitter.
Would like to wish Theo Fages all the very best for the future and thank Saints for the Professional way they handled this move.
— Marwan Koukash (@drmarwanK) September 24, 2015
Fages, who can also play at hooker and standoff, made over 60 appearances for the Reds and has been described by Cunningham as ‘a super player’ who is ‘talented…young and keen to learn’.
The Reds’ director of rugby Tim Sheens said in a statement: “Whilst it is with disappointment that this decision has been reached in light of the significant investment by the club in its player, the decision has been made in the interests of moving this matter on and the club send its best wishes to the player for the future.”
Fages joins Rangi Chase, Harrison Hansen, Cory Paterson, Adrian Morley, Lama Tasi and Scott Taylor in departing the Reds, who flirted with relegation for much of the season.
Koukash, who took over in 2013, has also announced that further signings for the 2016 season are imminent, with two already in the pipeline.
Salford, who are under acting coach Ian Watson following the departure of Iestyn Harris earlier this month, assured their Super League status after last Sunday’s Super 8s Qualifiers win at Widnes.
Rugby fans are already excited to see Fages in action in a Saints shirt….
So St Helens confirm signing of Theo Fages from Salford on four year deal. Good business #SuperLeague
— Stuart Pyke (@stuartpykesport) September 24, 2015