Brown confident of strong finish to season

Nathan Brown is confident Saints can finish their season strongly now they have influential duo James Roby and Jonny Lomax back in action.
Nathan Brown is confident Saints can finish their season strongly now they have influential duo James Roby and Jonny Lomax back in action.

SAINTS coach Nathan Brown has backed his side to finish the season strongly following the return to fitness of key duo James Roby and Jonny Lomax.

The Aussie also gave upbeat assessments on both Gary Wheeler and Anthony Walker and backed Tommy Makinson to continue his good form while Ade Gardner remains on the sidelines.

He said: “With the likes of James Roby, Jonny Lomax and Willie Manu you just keep your fingers crossed that now they’ve come back they stay back.

“We’ve used Jonny a bit in the halves to ease him back in but definitely see him as a full back in the long term. Paul Wellens has adapted well to playing stand off the way we want to play. Obviously they’re both good players and both bring different skill sets to the team.

“Gary Wheeler and Anthony Walker will be back in training next week but it would be a bit much for them to go straight back in. Both were in good form earlier in the year - Walker was one of the first names on the team sheet at the start of the season. They just need to get back to 100 per cent fit now.”

He added: “Tommy Makinson has just had the best month he’s had since I’ve been here and Adam Swift and Francis Meli offer a bit of youth and experience too.

“We need to be a bit wary of Salford though. They’re capable of raising their game, they’ve got a bit of pace in the side and Martin Gleeson has been around for a long time.”