Players Return For Trip

SAINTS will welcome back a number of players for their trip to Catalan this Saturday.

Nathan Brown says Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Willie Manu and Alex Walmsley should all be on the plane to Perpignan this week – and there maybe one or two others.

Anthony Walker also came through a dual registration run with Rochdale too – and there’s good news on Richie Beaumont.

“They are all important players for us and having them back is a real bonus for our squad,” Brown said. “The week off has helped as if we would have played last week they wouldn’t have played.

“A weekend off does have its advantages but we all know where we would rather be.

“There’s good news on Richie Beaumont too. Things have been up and down for him but it has been a lot more positive lately. If the next part of his rehab goes well he will start team training with St Helens shortly for the first time in his short career.

“We’ll probably be missing Lance Hohaia though. His wife is due to give birth so he can’t be travelling and is a doubtful start – for a good reason obviously.”

Table-topping Saints face a Catalan side that has only lost one game at home all season.

“It’s a great trip and we got a great win there last year. The club seems to do well there and the playing group enjoy it. We will prepare the best can and if we play well we feel confident we can do well.

“Catalan play good footy and challenge you.

“At the start of the year they had a number of good players injured and were missing Ian Henderson and Scott Dureau. Eloi Pelissier has come in and done really well. He is an exciting young player. Leon Pryce has stepped his game up too – he is playing his best footy for a long time.

“Louis Anderson and Lopini Paea have come back and with those experienced players back they have won their share of games.

“And their home form is good too. It will be a good game.”

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