Lachlan Coote - a man on a mission in 2021

A man on a mission - that's Saints' goal kicking ace Lachlan Coote.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 8:58 am
Lachlan Coote. Picture: SWPix

The Australian-born full back, who has scored 26 tries, landed 190 goals and one drop goal since making his St Helens debut in 2019, will be battling on several fronts this season.

His first priority will be helping the Super League defending champions to notch a third successive title and ending a 13-year wait to get their hands on the Challenge Cup.

Then comes the the 2021 World Cup in this country - and injuries permitting, Coote will be one of first names on Scotland's list of players, qualifying through his grandmother who moved from North of the Border to Australia when 17 and while they will be rank outsiders to win the coveted trophy, they will be giving it their best shot.

The former Penrith Panthers and North Queensland Cowboys player told On The Line: "As a player, I'm really looking forward and excited about the thought of playing in the World Cup. I missed the last one due to injury and other circumstances, so I can't wait to get out there and pull on that Scotland jersey again,"

Coote, who is confident of his side’s ability to pick up points at the RLWC2021, said. "We're building and we've got a good squad. With the games coming up, we can definitely win some of them.''

He went on: ''The last time I put on a Scotland jersey was in the Four Nations in England and I loved every minute. I loved the national anthem, which was one of those goosebump moments, and I'm really lookingforward to getting there again and proudly flying the Scotland flag."

Coote also recounted a training camp in Edinburgh with great delight. A time he learned more about his adopted national capital.

He said: ''We saw some sights and I loved the history of the place and found it awesome to experience what my my grandma had been brought up with. I now know a lot about Scotland,''

Coote added: ''Rugby League is a brutal but brilliant sport and provides great entertainment and with the best players in the world on show I can't think of any reason why fans wouldn't want to watch it.”