NEW Saints coach Nathan Brown has told of his excitement at the forthcoming Super League season and has outlined his plan to catapult the club back amongst the silverware.
The 39-year-old Aussie has called on each individual player to make the small improvements to their game that he thinks can help return Saints to the top of the tree.
And the ex-St George Illawarra Dragons boss insists he has no hard feelings about his premature exit from Huddersfield ahead of Friday’s friendly against his old club – just three weeks before the teams lock horns again in the first Super League round.
He said: “I’m excited to see the lads start playing. We’ve been training for the last eight or nine weeks and now it’s time to play.
“I loved my time at Huddersfield. It was a good fit for me for a period of time but this is a different type of challenge. When you sign somewhere else you normally go the next day. My intentions were good to stay at Huddersfield until the end of last season but, unfortunately, it didn’t work out.
“We all wanted it to work but in the end you just shake hands and you move on.
“Leaving Huddersfield enabled me to go back to Australia for five weeks though, which was great because I hadn’t had a break in 10 years. It probably did me good.”
Brown, who confirmed that Paul Wellens would remain club captain, denied reports during the off season linking him with jobs Down Under, saying he felt “privileged” to sign for Saints.
And he spoke in glowing terms about new signings Willie Manu, Jordan Turner and Alex Walmsley, who have all shown up well in pre season and are all set to get game time this Friday.
He added: “This is a club with a good tradition which has been successful for a long time. But I know there’s a big weight of expectation here because of the lack of trophies in the last four years.
“We’re all excited about the challenge and it’s been great to work with guys like Paul Wellens, James Roby and Jon Wilkin.
“You can see by the way they train and the way they practise why they’re successful players.
“But we’re trying to get some individual improvement out of the players and to just add one or two things to the team.
“We’re very comfortable with our squad – it would only take small bits of improvement for us to be successful again.”