Tommy Makinson is relishing the prospect of feeding off opportunities created by Saints’ new-look forward pack.
The St Helens wing ace reckons new signing Mose Masoe, Richard Beaumont and Kyle Amor will help transform Nathan Brown’s side into serious title contenders.
And with human-wrecking balls Sia Soliola, Anthony Laffranchi, Alex Walmsley, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Willie Manu already regulars, Makinson believes the additions of the three newboys will send shockwaves across their Super League rivals.
“What a pack that’s going to be. It’s frightening. It’s not only big and strong, but it’s fit as well,” said Makinson.
“The best thing with Super League is that, from the bottom to the top, it’s getting closer.”
“Kyle Amor is fit as a fiddle, so too is Alex Walmsley, and they can all do big minutes. There’s a lot of competition for places and, from a back point of view, it’s brilliant.
“We’ll be getting quick play-the-balls and finding the space they’ve created for you.”
Saints’ well-documented troubles in the early part of 2013 are a thing of the past, said Makinson, whose own scintillating form helped transform the club’s fortunes last year.
After a difficult start, they recovered sufficiently to finish fifth in the table and were narrowly beaten by Leeds for the play-off semi-final spot.
And Brown has rewarded the 22-year-old by handing him the number two jersey at Langtree Park for the first.
He now expected Saints to be challenging for domestic honours.
He said: “There’s loads - Wigan, Warrington and let’s not forget Salford. They’ve made a lot of marquee signings.
“The best thing with Super League is that, from the bottom to the top, it’s getting closer. There’s not many 50-0 or 60-0 games any more. It’s so close and this season is going to be a real tester for everyone.”
St Helens have not won a trophy since claiming the Challenge Cup and League Leaders’ Shield in 2008, and have not tasted Grand Final success since 2006.
* Readers of Rugby Leaguer and Leaguer Express have voted prop Alex Walmsley the best Super League newcomer of 2013.
Walmsley, who joined Saints from Batley Bulldogs at the beginning of last season, polled nearly 40 per cent of all the votes cast and pipped
Castleford’s Justin Carney for first place.
* Langtree Park will staged the Liverpool-Aston Villa FA Youth Cup fourth round tie on Wednsday, January 14, kick-off 7pm.
Tickets are priced £5 for adults and £3 for juniors, but fans can pay at the gate on the night.