Saints new half-back Luke Walsh has already made his intentions clear, vowing: “I’ve come here to win trophies.”
In his first interview since arriving from Penrith Panthers, the 26-year-old Aussie, who signed at the same time as Panthers teammate Mose Masoe, told The Reporter of his ambitions for 2014.
And he praised Saints’ giant new forward pack, which, as well as man mountain Masoe, features the likes of Alex Walmsley, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Anthony Laffranchi and new signings Kyle Amor and Richard Beaumont.
He said: “I was pretty happy when I found out Saints wanted to sign me and I’m pretty happy with the decision I made now too. I’m really enjoying myself.
“It was a pretty tough decision at first – moving my family over here and leaving my mum, dad and brothers was pretty tough. I was nervous about it.
“But it’s been pretty easy since I’ve been here. The boys and coaching staff – everyone at the club has made it much easier than I thought it would be. It’s been good getting to know all the boys in training too and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from the other players here. The skill level and hard work they put into their training over here has been an eye-opener – it has been good.”
Walsh, 26, described as a little general with a strong kicking game, was brought in by Nathan Brown after Saints were forced to repeatedly chop and change their halves in 2013.
“I can’t wait to start playing now but it will be a tough start against Warrington. They’re a good side and are always up there near the top of the ladder so it will be a good test for us.”
He added: “I think Nathan wanted a bit of experience at half back, a good kicking game and someone to organise the team, which is my job. I’ve come here to win – I definitely hope we will be challenging for silverware. We’ve got a great squad. There are some great players here. We’ve got some big forwards here too. If the pack are going forward then it makes my job a lot easier.”