Chairman gives Saints rallying cry

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus.
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus.

CLUB chairman Eamonn McManus labelled Saints loss to Hull KR as “sub-par” - but called on fans to stand by the under-fire squad.

McManus admitted there had been “a lot of soul searching” following the demoralising defeat at Langtree Park, but reaffirmed his support for Nathan Brown and his players.

“It must not be ignored that we are building a new, talented and young squad after a couple of seasons of transition,” said Mr McManus.

“There is no doubt we are building a strong squad for the future.

“But we fully expect the current first team squad to have a strong end to the season and have full confidence in them fulfilling their collective talent, which is as good as any in Super League.

“There is no room left for sub-par performances - either from the team or individual players.

“We may well have had some bad luck this season but we must also face up to the fact that some of our performances have been well below expectations.”

Brown, meanwhile, reckons that, aside from the top four, the rest of the top eight are vulnerable.

He said: “I can’t see the top four changing now but the next four sides, including us, are vulnerable.

“If you don’t play well you’ve got a good chance of missing out.

“If we play well against Castleford we’ll be hard to beat.

“We need to concentrate on what we do well.”