Cunningham: We are in the market for lots of players

Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham
Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham

Head coach Keiron Cunningham gave a strong hint yesterday that some new faces will grace Langtree Park next season.

However, at the same time he insisted that neither should Saints be written off in the race for Grand Final glory during the current campaign despite their fluctuating fortunes.

Admitting as a club they were not probably where they should be at present, Cunningham said: “There will be some changes for 2017, the extent of which will be decided in the next few weeks.

“They could be major or minor but at this moment in time we are not quite sure.

“We are in the market for lots of players, which goes without saying, but you need to have plan A, B, C, D and right down to Z because of the way the salary cap is structured in Australia and the way people are spending money here.

“It means you are not guaranteed players any more and it is a question who falls or lands for us - and also they have to be the right quality.”

But the immediate concern is earning a much-needed morale-boosting victory against Hull KR at Langtree Park on Friday night and bringing to an end a four-match barren spell.

Both clubs need the points to enhance their hopes of qualifying for the Super 8s and in Saints' case possibly going on to better things.

Cunningham said: “I am very optimistic we can still get something from this season.

“Everyone seems to have written us off but there is everything to play for. As a club we are fighting hard and just need a little bit more consistency which hopefully will come in the next few weeks.”