A Saints select 13 will face Oldham RLFC in a pre-season friendly which is to be played at the Vestacare Stadium on Saturday, January 18, 2020, kicking off at 7.30pm.
On view will be a Saints 13, which will also comprise of a number of first team squad players who won’t get a run-out a day later in Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s testimonial game against London Broncos at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Admission prices at the Vestacare Stadium will be £10 for adults and concessions and £2 for under-16s. Transfer to seats in the stand will cost £2.
Oldham Club chairman Christopher Hamilton explained how the fixture came about:
“Saints approached us to play a match to give their first-team squad players a match as they have only one pre season friendly this year which is being treated as a full-blown workout.
“Some of the players who will feature against us will be well-known to fans of the game and it will be a very tough test for us against mainly full-time players.
“It is exactly what we need, ahead of a challenging season, and it means we won’t now have a three-week gap before the first league game against Widnes on February 2.
“With the reduction in admission prices it would be great to see as many fans as possible at the match as we welcome to Oldham one of the top rugby league sides in the world, and the best team in Super League in 2019.”
New coach Matt Diskin’s squad have already played two pre-season fixtures ahead of their Championship campaign including a 22-18 victory over Barrow and this test will be a good opportunity for a number of Saints to gain some key match fitness ahead of the Super League campaign kicking off against Salford Red Devils on 31 January.