JOSH Jones says Saints head into their ‘massive’ Super League clash looking to prove their recent upturn in form isn’t temporary.
The second row / centre has been an impressive performer over the last few weeks and is keen to continue that development.
“It should be a great game,” he said. “We beat Wigan in a huge game and now we have to take that form to Catalan. It will be hot over there and we are really excited to play in those conditions.
“Catalan have been on same form dip as us really but you can never write them off in France. The fans are passionate and the players get up for it too. The win over Wigan will mean nothing if we don’t go over there and put in a good performance.
“It is a massive week for us as a club and we are up for it. We have trained well and look confident. The senior players have taken the lead and are telling us to keep our skill up and not to lose focus at this time of the year. We are going over there to do a job.
“There was a lot of emotion at the end of the Wigan match. We were hugging each other, jumping around and that has lifted us all. The mood is so much better as is the belief as a team we can do well this year.
“As long as we take it week by week then we will be in with a shout of finishing as high as we can. We have to give it our best shot and go into the playoffs strong. We will have players coming back then. We shocked a lot of people with how we performed against Wigan.
“To be fair to the Chairman was right in what he said (in his statement). We can’t waste this year, it is massive for us with the new facilities we have, new players and a new coach. Perhaps we needed a wakeup call. Eamonn showed on telly during that Wigan match how much it meant to him. So if it is that important to him then it should be the same for us too.”
Josh may be only 20 but he’s played 43 first grade matches for the Saints at centre and in the second row.
The latter is his favoured position yet the former Chorley Panther knows staying in the side is more important.
“I love it in the second row, the wrestle and the physical contest,” he said. “I think I’m doing quite well there but all I want to do is stay in the side. Centre is a fun place to play too.
“I’m still young so playing in different positions will develop my skills and attributes. I can pick them up at centre and in the pack so I can keep on developing.”