High hopes for Walmsley

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JAMES Roby has praised the contribution of new signing Alex Walmsley.

The giant prop didn’t feature in Saints 40-4 drubbing to Huddersfield but the experienced hooker believes his attitude and hungry for the game is rubbing off on his new teammates.

“Alex is fresh, he wants it more than anything and it’s having a positive impact on the rest of the lads,” said the St Helens and England ace.

“He’s come in from nowhere. The way he is training, he’s pushing for a spot.”

“I always believe that if you see others around you doing the positive thing, it will subconsciously rub off on yourself.

“People are going to have to up their game in order to match him. It can only be good for the team to have young, enthusiastic blokes.

“Alex was a bit of an unknown when 
we signed him and I’m sure a lot of people were wondering who this lad was.

“He’s a raw talent and he’s so hard-working. He’s one of the hardest trainers I’ve seen and he’s awful to tackle in training. I hope he does well when he gets his chance - he’s capable of doing some damage.”

Walmsley, 21, joined Saints from Batley Bulldogs during the off-season.

Meanwhile, Roby says he is excited about the prospect of the season ahead working with new coach Nathan Brown.

“Every time you get a new coach, you’re going to get slightly new ideas, different training methods and slightly different variations to the way you play,” added the 27-year-old.

“Nathan’s been fantastic. He isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel. He knows we’re a team that’s always there or thereabouts, he’s just trying to bring in some subtle differences and trying 
to improve every player as an individual.

“Everybody’s buying into everything he’s brought in. It’s freshened things up for a lot of people - for people like myself and Paul Wellens, who have been at St Helens for a number of years. It’s nice to have these fresh ideas and different ways of training.”