Saints Have High Hopes

NATHAN Brown says Saints’ table-topping position is pleasing but there’s a fair way to go yet.

His side took over at the summit of Super League following a 32-12 win over Salford.

“Being where we are on the table is pleasing and we are quite comfortable with the fact we know where we are at,” he said. “To be blunt about it though, we know if we want to get to Old Trafford we need to continue to improve in a number of areas.

“Internally, we have high hopes for ourselves and there is always a pressure to do well. Regardless of being in or out of the Cup it doesn’t add extra pressure. We have passionate fans, a passionate chairman and a passionate Board.

“A couple of players here have come through the successful era and now it is up to the new and younger players to demand that of each other. There is a long way to go and the blokes are putting a lot in on the field and in training and are working hard.”

Saints travel to Catalan this week and there has been some positive news on the injury front.

Brown continued: “Ant Walker suffered a concussion so he should be ready this week whilst Tommy Makinson had a scan on his knee and it isn’t serious – he has an outside chance for Catalan.

“We’re not sure yet on Jon Wilkin, we’re waiting for a specialist’s report.

“Most of the players have had a few days off to freshen up, but the medical and rehab staff have been working overtime.

“They didn’t get a break – and the rehab players have been working hard too.”

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