Down to the wire

Saints coach Nathan Brown is backing his players to end the club's trophy drought
Saints coach Nathan Brown is backing his players to end the club's trophy drought
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Nathan Brown has backed his side to end their five-year trophy drought against Warrington tomorrow night.

A win or draw would see Saints claim the League Leader’s shield, an accomplishment Brown admitted would be a great reward for the players - who have stuck together admirably during yet another injury crisis.

But, with the Wolves still vying for a top four finish in the league, Saints head coach admitted that he is expecting “a really tough game”.

Brown said: “Warrington got beaten in the cup and were a little bit flat last week but I don’t think we’ll be as lucky to face that this week. They’re playing for the top four so they’ve got plenty to play for. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t two sides here to play this week.

“Winning the League Leader’s shield would be a great reward for the players - like a lot of sides we’ve had a few injuries this year. In fact, as it stands at the moment, we’re in far worse shape in terms of injuries than anyone.

“But the guys keep finding ways to win and it would be a great reward for hanging in there and having some belief in times of adversity.

“It would be great for the fans too. There’s only three domestic trophies you can win - and the League Leader’s shield is one of them.

“It would be a good start for the club moving forward - it’s been a while since the club has won anything. Five years is a long time for this club. Hopefully it will mark the start of a good five or six year period for this group of players.”

Brown admitted it would be “nice” to do the job at home against Warrington, instead of having to wait until the final round away at Huddersfield.

He will be unable to call upon young centre Mark Percival, though, who is still recovering from the concussion.

Thursday’s clash against Warrington is at Langtree Park. Kick off is 8pm.