John Yates’ Talking Sport

Jordan Turner celebrates after Saints' Grand Final win over Wigan
Jordan Turner celebrates after Saints' Grand Final win over Wigan
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JORDAN Turner and Mark Flanagan consider themselves model professionals on the paddock - now they know what it’s like to act as model professionals on the catwalk!

The Saints’ stars and fellow RL players Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves) and Ashley Gibson (Castleford Tigers) all appeared live in the Clothes Show at the NEC Birmingham as part of the spectacular ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fashion Theatre performance.

The boys rubbed shoulders with celebrities from TV and fashion but whether it is a stepping stone to a future modelling career only they know.

At the same time I’m told they were as nervous as kittens at the prospect of stepping into a different kind of limelight than they had been accustomed - no doubt preferring to take centre stage at Wembley or Old Trafford than a Midlands catwalk.

For the uninitiated like me, The Clothes Show Live is a consume exhibition brand held annually in December at the NEC.

The event showcases latest fashion, beauty and music trends on large and often interactive features and stands.

The show is considered the premier fashion event in the UK and praised for its ability to attract young followers.

n Rainford Cricket Club, who narrowly failed to clinch a spot in the premier division of the Liverpool Competition last season, are leaving no stone unturned as they bid to achieve their number one target in 2015.

The forward-thinking first division club have re-engaged Indian Premier League all-rounder Pravin Tambe who is expected to return to the Jubilee Recreation Ground in May and lead their promotion push.

To have persuaded leg spinner/batsman Tambe to rejoin the club, where he was the star performer between 2007 and 2011, is a real coup for ambitious chairman John Williams and his committee

John told me: “We are all delighted that Pravin is returning. He has a great number of friends here, both at the club and in the village, and importantly for him, he knows he is playing a good standard of cricket. He is really looking forward to coming back and testing himself over here once again.“

n Saints are one sporting club not enjoying the luxury of warm weather training - just stints on chilly Formby beach.

No doubt climbing the coastal sand dunes will come as a culture shock to some of their overseas players but I can guarantee it will ensure they are as a fiddle once they begin the defence of their Super League crown.

It may be more than 40 years since I suffered the agony (and I can’t think of a better word to use) when describing what it’s like running up an down the sand dunes at Formby, Ainsdale and Southport.

At times it almost turned my legs to jelly but, boy, was I in prime physical shape to take on any sporting challenge put in front of me.

I hope the Saints’ players will feel the same.

I’m also told that the club’s backroom team are devising another gruelling challenge for the first team and U19s players on Saturday - and no cry-offs will be tolerated!

n Jonny Lomax and Mark Flanagan will be present to greet Christmas gift seeking fans at the Saints’ Superstore tomorrow night (Thursday).