New Saints prop Richard Beaumont has welcomed the pressure to win trophies at Langtree Park and labelled the new-look pack the biggest in Super League.
The 25-year-old, signed from Hull KR, also told how his ex teammate Scott Taylor - now at Wigan Warriors - helped persuade him to leave his boyhood club for pastures new.
He said: “I can’t see a team in Super League that’s got a bigger pack than us and I can see us being pretty tough to face this season. There’s a real buzz about the place and the feeling around St Helens is that if Saints don’t win anything that’s bad - I like that sort of pressure.
“I was just doing some shopping in Asda when I got a call from an agent saying there was a team interested in signing me! They didn’t tell me too much at first but when I found out it was Saints I was quite overwhelmed. They’re a massive club - one of the best in the country.
“It was tough to leave Hull KR because I’m a Hull lad and I’d been there all my life but, the more I thought about it, the easier the decision was. I asked Scott Taylor what he thought and he just told me it was too good an opportunity to turn down.”
At 6ft 3ins tall and 16-plus stone, Beaumont adds plenty of size to an already intimidating Saints pack.
And he told of his determination to fight for a place in the matchday squad.
“It’s been brilliant so far,” he said.
“Nathan Brown looks to improve your game more individually and shows you how you can impact the game even more - which works brilliantly for me.
“Sometimes coaches just expect you to be able to do everything but he’s not like that - he’s good at spotting little areas you can improve and then working on them with you. I used to think not a lot would change about my game but after a couple of video sessions with the coaches I quickly realised what I can improve on.”
He added: “I’ve settled in really well. Having a few new faces all arrive at once has made it a bit easier for me too. We’re all determined to win something this year after the last couple of seasons.”