Eamonn McManus is relishing the prospect of the Super 8s and is taking the positives from Saints’ first draw, a potential banana skin away to Catalans.
Keiron Cunningham’s men face a trip to the south of France in the baking August heat to kick off their campaign.
I really do think it (the Super 8s format) suits the strength and depth of this sportSaints chairman Eamonn McManus
But McManus, who this week announced a record financial performance at the club last year, reckons there is no better time to face the French side.
He said: “All seven fixtures are going to be very tough by definition but we have always struggled away at Catalans.
“So in a lot of ways it is good that it is one that we can focus on immediately and then get on and look at the other fixtures.”
McManus, a big supporter of the Super 8s concept, hailed what he described as an exciting period in the sport’s history.
“I really do think it (the Super 8s format) suits the strength and depth of this sport,” he said.
“Now we’ve had the split, so we’ve got real high quality games coming up and I’d go so far as to say that this is the most exciting end we’ve ever had to the regular season.”