Kyle Amor is not just preparing for his first ever Grand Final – he’s limbering up for his first ever competitive Saints vs Wigan derby.
Describing it as “the biggest game of my life”, the 27-year-old was forced to sit out both regular season games against the old enemy while sidelined with a knee injury.
But he’s back with a bang now and says he’s expecting “fire and brimstone” come 6pm on Saturday.
He said: “Both sides are going to be revved up and we know we’re going to have to meet their aggression head-on.
“If you can’t get yourself fired up to match teams for aggression in a Grand Final at Old Trafford then the writing’s on the wall for you.
“It should be an electric atmosphere.”
Amor, who has been a stand-out player among Saints’ impressive pack this year, has so far only played for Saints against Wigan in a pre-season friendly, but admits this will be a completely different kettle of fish.
He says it has been “business as usual” on the training ground though, with outgoing head coach Nathan Brown keen to maintain the momentum gained via impressive play-off victories over Castleford and Catalan Dragons.
“We’re all feeling pretty relaxed,” he said.
“Our preparations are going well. We’re not really doing anything differently, just watching the videos, training and getting the rest we need in between.
“The forward battle is always key in any game of rugby, but both sides have got a great set of backs too. There’s quality across the park.
“We know that if 1 to 17 do their job to the best of their ability we will give ourselves the best possible chance.”
Amor, who watched from the sidelines as a fringe player at Leeds when they beat Saints at Old Trafford in 2009, added that preparing for a Super League Grand Final has made him appreciate how far he has come.
Discarded by Leeds, he rebuilt his career at Wakefield before securing his big move to Langtree Park.
He added: “I’m very grateful for where I am and how much hard work it has taken to get here. I’m immensely proud to be here and I’m looking forward to Saturday night and aiming to do as many people as I can proud.”