Another look at the season ahead

Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham
Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham
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Having narrowly missed out on the Grand Final in the last two seasons, St Helens will be determined to make their eleventh Old Trafford appearance in 2017.

Head coach Keiron Cunningham is still chasing his first trophy since taking over at the club in 2015 and will want to land some silverware this season.

Matty Smith returned to his hometown club and will hopefully form a formidable partnership in the halves with Theo Fages once he returns from a serious leg injury.

Centre Ryan Morgan and prop Luke Douglas have also joined from the NRL and will add some experience to the side.

Cunningham will also be looking to hand a number of first team opportunities to the club’s exciting academy prospects after the Under 19s went unbeaten in 2016.

In: Ryan Morgan (Melbourne Storm), Luke Douglas (Gold Coast Titans), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors), Adam Walker (Hull KR), Tommy Lee (Salford Red Devils).

Out: Jordan Turner (Canberra Raiders), Matty Dawson (Leigh Centurions), Atelea Vea (Leigh Centurions), Travis Burns (Wynnum-Manly Seagulls), Lama Tasi (Salford Red Devils), Andre Savelio (Warrington Wolves), Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons), Lewis Charnock (Barrow Raiders), Shannon McDonnell (Released), Olly Davies (Swinton Lions), Matthew Haggarty (Halifax RLFC), Levy Nzoungou (Melbourne Storm).

KEY PLAYER – JONNY LOMAX

Following 13 months out with a serious knee injury Jonny Lomax excelled on his return last season scoring nine tries.

Lomax was key to St Helens’ resurgence in form towards the end of 2016 and featured in all of England’s Four Nations games.

Next five fixtures

Leigh Centurions (A) Friday February 24, 20.00

Wakefield Trinity (H, Sky) Friday March 3, 20.00

Hull FC (A, Sky) Friday March 10, 20.00

Catalans Dragons (A, Sky) Saturday March 18, 18.00

Warrington Wolves (H, Sky) Friday March 24, 20.00