New boy Adam Quinlan will make his Saints debut this week despite only landing in the country on Monday.
The Aussie full-back answered the club’s SOS call as a season ending injury to Shannon McDonnell, the long-term absence of Jonny Lomax and the retirement of Paul Wellens left Keiron Cunningham without a No.1.
Quinlan had barely collected his bags from the carousel before he had laced up his boots to train with his new colleagues, and Cunningham thinks he will be a hit with the Saints faithful.
“I’ve been convincing him this is the greatest country in the world and to come over, the sun is shining and we’re having a heat wave and as soon as his plane lands there’s fish swimming around his feet and I’m trying to keep him in the country,” joked Cunningham.
“He looks like he’s been at Saints forever. He was adamant that he wanted to train and he was desperate to get out on the field and meet his new teammates and he did a great job.”
Quinlan will be thrown straight under pressure on Friday as fourth-placed Huddersfield visit Langtree Park.
Not only are the Giants pushing to break into the top three, St Helens need to address a poor show against Leeds last week with a strong performance in front of their own fans. And the nation will be watching thanks to the presence of the Sky Sports cameras.
Behind the scenes, Quinlan is already getting to know his team-mates, and Cunningham thinks he will be a perfect fit for the champions.
“He’s staying with Shannon McDonnell and he’s friendly with a few of the players, “ Cunningham said.
“He’s a great guy. Real humble, very well-spoken, very quiet and just gets about his business.”
Cunningham also revealed there have been no fresh injury concerns to report from last week’s loss at Leeds.
“We got through the game, just bruised egos I think,” he said.