Chairman hails fans and salutes youngsters

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus
St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus

CHAIRMAN Eamonn McManus has saluted Saints’ disappointed fans in the aftermath of their cruel defeat in the Grand Final against Leeds at Old Trafford – the fifth year in succession in which they have fallen at the last hurdle.

Mr McManus said: “The loyalty, patience and support of our fans in a season without a home has been great to see.

“In particular, the turnout and passion shown at Old Trafford was inspirational and it was a tragedy that, ultimately, it could not be repaid with the Super League Trophy.”

The chairman added: “Despite the result, I am absolutely thankful to our fans and so proud of our very young team who came so close to unexpected glory.

“We are presently down but will never be out, and will keep going back in a bid to win the trophy.

“Whether it will be next season or the year afterwards remains to be seen, but that will always be our aim.

“Everyone at the club has put massive effort and faith in our local youth system, of which we are rightfully proud, and this will stand us in good stead during the next decade.

“Next season we will be playing in a fabulous new home, which will be an extra source of inspiration for the club and the town.

“We now have it all to look forward to, and it is to the future only that we should all now look and with real excitement.”