Howarth: Whirlwind

SAINTS new loanee signing Stuart Howarth said playing in the cauldron like atmosphere of a derby was the best thing he’d ever done.

The hooker put pen to paper late last week and was pitched straight into the line-up on Good Friday.

“It was the best thing I have ever done,” he told BBC Radio Merseyside. “It is what I have trained for all these years. I’m happy Saints and Salford gave me the opportunity to do it and it was really enjoyable.

“Of course I was nervous the night before the game, but coming into a team like Saints, with their quality players, it was easy to fit in. All I had to do then was make the tackles and make sure my distribution off the floor was right.

“I thought it went alright but towards the back end of my spell I got tired. I’ve never played in a game of that speed before. I thought the Saints fans were excellent.”

He continued: “I’m on a season long loan deal but for the time being I want to just improve on that performance. I would then like to push for a full time deal as Saints are one of the best rugby league clubs in the world.

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