Brown says small changes are way forward for Saints

St Helens rugby league club coach Nathan Brown
St Helens rugby league club coach Nathan Brown

NATHAN Brown remains confident his tinkering can bring silverware back to St Helens.

It is five years since Saints last lifted a trophy.

And new head coach Brown believes that despite his side’s drubbing to Huddersfield at the weekend he just a few minor adjustments away from transforming the current side into winners.

The former St George boss is impressed with the talent his new charges possession, particularly along the spine of the team, where Jonny Lomax will play a crucial role.

The signing of Hull pair Jordan Turner and Willie Manu are straight replacements for Michael Shenton and Chris Flannery is another example of Brown’s policy of “slight adjustments”.

“We’re reasonably optimistic,” said Brown. “We’d like to think we’ve made some improvements and slight adjustments to the way we do things.

“The club traditionally does well - hopefully we can hop into the positions the club has been in those last three or four years but in those big games just do a little better.”

Meanwhile, the candid Aussie has admitted he stayed too long in his old job as Huddersfield Giants coach.

The 39-year-old Australian was appointed as the successor to Royce Simmons at Langtree Park last April but stayed on at the John Smith’s Stadium, intending to see out his fourth season with the Yorkshire club.

The club were flying high in the league when Saints announced they’d secured Brown’s signature but when on a downward spiral thereafter.

Brown, who had enjoyed a successful first three years at the Giants, left the Tykes by mutual consent not long after.

SAINTS ‘Mr Statto’ Bill Bates came up with the answer to a question which numerous fans were asking following Saturday’s drubbing at the hands of Huddersfield Giants: When was the last time we conceded 40 points at home during the summer era?

The answer is September 2000 when they lost 42-4 to Wigan. They also suffered a 42-20 reverse to Leeds in June that season.

Before then the 1997 season proved a nadir, when it happened three times in the World Club Challenge and once in Super League. May 26 v Wigan (65-12), June 6 v Auckland (42-6), June 16 Cronulla (48-8), June 22 v Penrith (50-30).