‘Langtree Park feels like home’

Kyle Amor celebrates with children on the pitch at Langtree Park
Kyle Amor celebrates with children on the pitch at Langtree Park

Kyle Amor can’t wait for his second Saints season to start - because the club now feels like family!

The 27-year-old, one of Saints’ stand-out players in 2014, says he’s already feeling like part of the furniture at Langtree Park.

And the hirsute prop also gave the club’s new-look coaching team - with Keiron Cunningham as head coach and Sean Long as his assistant - the thumbs-up.

He said: “Pre-season has been really good. We’ve all been put through our paces and have been working really hard. I can’t wait to get back out on the field now.

“We started the tough, physical work in early November and, once Christmas came along, the worst of it was over. We can all see light at the end of the tunnel now!

“Once Christmas is over it’s more about getting the ball in your hands again to be ready for the upcoming friendlies.”

He added: “The new coaching team have been brilliant. Kez did a lot of the stuff with us last year anyway - he worked a lot with us as a group of forwards, as did Jamahl Lolesi.

“This is my second year here now so I feel a lot more comfortable too - it feels like home now.”

Amor admits that Saints are going to have to step up their game this year just to stand still too.

“Whether we go to certain grounds or they come to us, sides are going to want to knock us over because we’re the champions,” he said.

“Starting games big will be huge for us and so we can, hopefully, blow that mindset away from other teams. We all know what’s expected of us.

“2014 was great but it’s gone now. We’ve got to look forward and hopefully replicate what we did last year.”

Amor also hailed the signings of Travis Burns and Atelea Vea, labelling Burns, in particular, “a real character”.

He said: “Travis has been terrific. He’s a character, a really good lad. He will take a lot of pressure off Luke Walsh and give Robes another option.

“His kicking game’s good and he’s got a tough, aggressive nature too. I think he’s going to be brilliant for us

“We’re all hoping Tilly (Atelea Vea) can replace Sia Soliola too, who was obviously a big loss for us. He’s a pretty similar players - he’s explosive, big, strong and fast.”