SHANNON McDonnell made a great start to his Saints career on Friday when he bagged a brace in the 40-16 win over Wakefield Wildcats.
The 27-year-old pulled on the Red Vee for the first time in the victory and is keen for more.
“It’s good to be back as it has been a long year,” he said. “I played at Rochdale and really enjoyed that. It meant I was more comfortable coming into the game and it paid off.
“I knew the atmosphere would be great as I’ve played here before. The fans are passionate and the boys have made it easy for me to come here and do what I have to do. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
“I have been around for a while at fullback so I wasn’t really under any pressure. In fact it was easier wih the style of football we play to fit in. Playing off the back of the halves we have here has made it easier too.”
Shannon scored two tries in the match and whilst he was pleased to get over the line, he was quick to praise his teammates.
“The first one was fluky I suppose!” he continued. “There was a kick, I chased it and at times like that you hope for the best, put yourself in right place and right time and hope one comes off. I put my head down, kept the legs going and it came off in front of the fans.
“The second one – there was a great lead up from the boys and I was lucky enough to get on the back of it.
“Of course I’m hoping for more. I’m just training hard and hoping for the best. I just want to contribute to the great year Saints are having in any way I can.
“Long term I’d love to pull on the Red Vee here. I’ve not spoken about next year yet. Hopefully this is the start of something.
“I would love to stay on here beyond this season, especially after how easy it has been to come in and the culture of the club.”