JOSH Perry still feels he has a lot to prove in Saints colours this season.
Signing from Manley last season, the big prop has made nine appearances so far for the club, and promises there is more to come.
“I’ve settled in well but it would be nice to get on the park a little more,” he said. “I have missed more games at the start of this season than I have over the last few years. One of the things I have prided myself on is being consistently on the park and I now want to build some form.
“I am enjoying playing, but I haven’t hit the form I expect as I have been in and out too much. I’m not in my stride yet and I don’t think I am anywhere near the level at where I should be playing. Every week is an opportunity for me to gain more fitness and form.”
Ironically, Perry misses tonight’s match through suspension but reckons the game will be a cracker, especially as he has first hand experience of locking horns with Jamie Peacock.
“Yeah, there were a few fireworks in that World Club Challenge match against Leeds last time,” he said. “But that’s what happens in a contact sport sometimes. You do what you have to do and then shake hands at the end of the game get on with it.
“When he’s fit and at his best Jamie is in the top five of props in the world. But there’s not only him in that Leeds side. Maguire, Sinfield and Buderus are class acts and we have to be at our best and better than we were at the weekend to win.”
Perry has also been named in Brian McClennan’s 22-man Exiles Squad that will face England in the CarPlan International Origin Match at Headingley Carnegie on Friday June 10.