Makinson Wants Prize

TOMMY Makinson says the League Leaders Shield isn’t enough for Saints’ loyal fans and he wants to deliver the ‘big trophy’ left on offer.

“The League Leaders Shield rewards a great year,” the winger said. “To finally get our hands on the trophy is good but everyone knows the Grand Final is called such for a reason and that is what we are pushing for.

“The loss on Friday felt like a cup final defeat even though we played well. It was a strange atmosphere after one of our best performances of the year.

“Huddersfield were better on the night in the end but the negatives soon turned to joy on Saturday. We are bouncing into the playoffs and you can see the spring in our steps at training.

“It is massively documented that the Shield isn’t the be all and end all but to come out on top after 27 games is massive for us. It is the first piece of silverware at this ground.

“The supporters have been massive but the Shield isn’t good enough for these fans. They have stuck by us and they are due a big trophy.

“They were sensational for us on Friday and to be honest in adversity they have been like that all year.”

To get on the road to Old Trafford Saints must overcome Castleford Tigers at Langtree Park this Friday (8pm) who have been outstanding all season.

And Makinson, who has scored 27 tries in 2014, says that match is the side’s only focus at the present time.

“Nathan will keep us on our toes and keep us grounded,” he continued. “We set three targets at the beginning of the season and have realised one.

“It’s well documented which players we have missing. To be without them is massive so it is a real credit to get where we are but we can’t use it as an excuse.

“Cas will be up for the game on Friday and they will be coming for the win. We will be aiming to get through on the first attempt at our own ground.”

Tickets for Friday’s game are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.

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