SAINTS star Jamie Foster has described the club’s new stadium as “first class”.
Following a tour of the new ground, the 21-year-old winger said the facilities would be the envy of rugby league clubs, and even compare favourably with Premier League football grounds.
He told the Reporter: “I’ve been watching the new stadium go up from day one, and I can’t wait to play there.
“I was lucky enough to play a few games at Knowsley Road when Keiron Cunningham was saying his farewells, and it was a fantastic place to play.
“But I’m pretty sure Saints fans will love the new stadium – Knowsley Road had had its day.
“I think there’s even an added determination to win something for the fans now too, especially after all the near-misses of the last few years.
“It was a case of so near but yet so far again this year. We kept putting ourselves in the mix but fell short on the big stage.
“But we’ve got a good bunch of young lads coming into the squad, and we’re trying to instil that winning mentality.”
Foster, who was due to undergo a hernia operation last Wednesday (November 2), also told of the importance of putting in the “hard yards” in pre-season training over the winter months.
He said: “No player enjoys pre-season training, but it’s a time when you’ve got to get the most out of yourself.
“If you take any shortcuts, you’ll be found wanting at the start of the season but, if you give it your all, you reap the rewards.”