Saints snap up rugby league youngster
September 6, 2006

Northampton Saints RFU Academy has added a further top quality player to its ranks in rugby league half-back Stephen Myler

Myler is currently playing for the Salford City Reds having played for St Helens academy then Widnes. Myler played in 24 games while with Widnes, scoring three tries and kicking 16 goals. He has made 15 appearances for Salford this season, scoring one try and kicking 16 goals.

This will not be the first time Saints have recruited from rugby league in that Heineken Cup medal winners Allan Bateman and Andy Northey played for Warrington and St Helens respectively.

The 22-year-old hails from the famous Myler family that produced Great Britain and Widnes stand-off Frank Myler, Stephen's great-uncle. He played in the 1960 and 1970 World Cups - and was the only player, from any of the competing countries, of the 1960 World Cup to take part in the 1970 tournament. He was also the last man to captain an Ashes winning team in Australia.

His father John Myler kicked 243 goals for Widnes between 1976 and 1988, and uncle Tony Myler, also a stand-off, coached Warrington and St Helen's in the early years of the Super League.

Myler is a proven goal-kicker and can play at fly-half or centre.

Academy director James Sinclair said: "We are very excited at the prospect of Stephen's arrival. He comes to us with a great pedigree in rugby league but is eager to make his mark in rugby union and we hope Saints Academy can help him do just that."

Myler will arrive at Franklin's Gardens in October following the completion of the Super League season.

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