INITIAL fears that powerhouse forward Tony Puletua’s season was over have been allayed, giving Saints a major boost as the business end of engage Super League approaches.
The 32-year-old New Zealand international, who coach Royce Simmons describes as ‘a rare breed of forward combining size with athleticism’, underwent a scan at the weekend on a damaged shoulder and the club was fearful he would need surgery.
But medical experts have given the former Penrith player, who had been suffering for some time with the injury, the green light to undergo a period of rehabilitation in order to be fully fit for play-offs.
Simmons said: “This is really great news.
“Tony is an integral part of the team, and we are all delighted that he doesn’t need an operation.
“We’ve had so many setbacks with injuries this season that we feared the worst, but maybe our luck is now changing.”
Earlier this season Puletua, who joined Saints from Australia’s NRL in 2009 and has since made more than 70 appearances, signed a new two-year deal with the club despite reported interest from neighbours Warrington.
n SEASON tickets are now available for the club’s historic 2012 campaign in their new state-of-the art stadium at best value prices.
All 2012 renewal tickets will be made at 2010 Knowsley Road prices, with 2011 season ticket holders having their payments frozen for the 2012 and 2013 season – a saving of up to 38 per cent on matchday prices.
Juniors can watch for just £1.92 per game – saving 48 per cent when renewing – while families can enjoy Super League action for only £4.71 per person per game, which represents a saving of 20 per cent.
Under fives will go free in the family areas if accompanied by an adult season ticket holder.
At the same time new season ticket holders can save up to £65 on advance match day pricing – a saving of nearly 25 per cent.
For more details, log on to www.saintssuperstore.com or call 01744 455052.
Alternatively, visit the club’s town centre outlet.
Supporters can also visit the first of the season ticket forums which will be held at the Park Inn, Chalon Way, St Helens, from August 16 to August 18 (5pm to 7pm).
They will then continue on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week until September 8.