Turner hopes to fulfil dream

Jordan Turner
Jordan Turner

Jordan Turner is hoping to help Saints end seven barren years without getting their hands on the most famous piece of rugby league silverware and fulfil a near lifetime dream.

The club last lifted the Challenge Cup in 2008 when they defeated Hull FC and feels the new generation of players at Langtree Park have the ability and strength in depth to end that wait.

Turner - a Grand Final winner in 2014 - said: “It would be great if we could lift what is an iconic trophy in our sport and follow in the footsteps of some legendary past players at the club.”

The 27-year-old former Hull FC and Salford player added: “I’ve had a love affair with the competition since being a small boy and went to 10 back-to-back finals as a fan dreaming that one day I would be out there.

“It would mean a lot to me and my family and special to the club and the fans.

“Only our skipper Jon Wilkin and James Roby have pulled on the famous red vee shirt at Wembley so it would be a new and exciting experience for most of us.”

Saints entry into the competition is still more than a month down the line and total focus at the moment is on improving early season form and erasing the memory of that embarrassing 44-10 defeat at Salford in round two of Super League.

Keiron Cunningham’s boys face a set of testing fixtures, starting with tonight’s trip to Hull KR where their recent record in league and cup is not too sparkling.

But Turner insisted: “I don’t read too much into past history and records are there to be broken.

“We are expecting a difficult game and will be on our guard because unexpected results often occur at this time of the year.”

Saints are still without key players through injury, including long-term absentee Jonny Lomax who Cunningham expects to be in contention for a return to first team action in a few weeks’ time.

Turner said: “Jonny and I are great pals and speak to each other every day and I am counting the hours until he is back in the line-up.

“He is a very special player and all the lads known what a privilege it is to play alongside him . No one works harder in training and he is the most dedicated sportsmen I’ve seen.”

Turner has also been impressed by new boy Dominique Peyroux, who Saints signed from the New Zealand Warriors and scored both tries in the World Club Series defeat against the Sydney Roosters on Friday.

The Oldham-born player admitted: “We didn’t know much about him when he arrived but the way he has torn the house down in training shows his desire to succeed here.”

“You can see from his early season games what a great player he is and at St Helen he will only get even better.”