Left out in the cold for a short spell due to a lapse in form, Jordan Turner believes the internal “rocket” he received has been a blessing in disguise.
The 27-year-old Saints’ ace said: “No player likes being dropped but I had to take it on the chin. I probably deserved it because I agreed with coach Keiron Cunningham that he wasn’t getting the best out of me.
“He felt the need to freshen things up but now I have battled my way back into the team I fully realise he was right and the kick up the backside has done me the world of good.
“I am far happier with my form now and I’m certainly enjoying my rugby at this moment in time.
“It is a massive thing for me because I love playing with a smile on my face.’’
Although his favoured position is centre, he has, in recent weeks, slotted into a half back role due to injuries and his link-up with skipper Jon Wilkin in the 48-16 demolition of Hull KR in Saints’ last fixture was one of the key factor behind their stunning second-half display in which they posted 40 points.
“Apart from prop, I don’t mind what position the boss plays me in because I’m just glad to be in the team,” said Turner.
He added: “I particularly like playing at stand-off where I get my hands on the ball most of the time. I also like to organise and being talkative on the pitch sort of suits my style.”
Turner, who joined St Helens from Hull FC in 2012 and was a member of the Grand Final winning team in 2014, is in the last year of his current contract and is awaiting developments on his future.
“Things are on-going off the field but I can’t allow that to distract me,” he said.
“My main aim is to help the club win more silverware this season and I believe it is within our capabilities.
“I don’t really want to leave this club but things happen and times change and you never know what lies ahead.”