LUKE Walsh is an understated character who prefers to do his talking on the pitch rather than off it.
The 26-year-old scrum half joined Saints last season from Penrith Panthers with the sole aim of winning trophies.
And early signs seem to indicate he’s gelled well with his teammates – and forged a strong half back partnership.
“I was happy when Saints decided to sign me and I’m still happy,” he said. “Training has gone well and I’m impressed with the players. They put in a lot of hard work and skill into their work.
“It was a tough decision at first to make; I had to bring my family over here and leave my mum and dad, but I have settled in well and that has made it easy.
“The coaching staff and the boys have made it easy as has everyone at the club.”
Getting Luke settled is important because much of Saints’ play will obviously come through the lynchpin.
Having Penrith teammate Mose Masoe at the club helps that process but Walsh also sought opinions of other Super League players before he made the leap.
“I have played with Travis Burns (Hull KR) and know Trent Waterhouse at Warrington. I spoke to both about what it would be like over here and that helped me make the decision.
“I really can’t wait to get started. My role is pretty simple really – to bring my experience, kicking and organising game to the club. I’ve come here to win things and we have a great squad.
“Everything is in place, now we have to gel and go from there.”
Walsh is likely to figure in this Friday’s friendly against Batley.
Nathan Brown has indicated Saints will play their strongest side available and well as utilising the full first team squad.
Tickets for the clash are now on sale from Langtree Park at Adult £12, Conc £10, Junior £5 (Solarking South Stand) and Adult £10, Conc £8, Junior £5 (Hattons Solicitors West Stand).
You can also called 01744 455052 or buy online at www.saintssuperstore.com
Fans will also be able to pay on the gate.