Lachlan Coote excited about the return of fans against Salford

Points scoring machine Lachlan Coote is relishing the prospect of playing before 4,000 fans for the first time in 14 months on Monday night and admits he gets goosebumps every time he savours the atmosphere surrounding big games.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 11:39 am
Updated Sunday, 16th May 2021, 11:42 am
Lachlan Coote. Picture: SWPix

Monday's home match against Salford Red Devils may not fall into that category but it's just as important in terms of the result and how both teams cope with the admission of a limited number of fans.

Full stadiums are still on the back burner, but the 31-year-old former North Queensland Cowboys ace has alreadywarned his overseas team-mates what to expect now, or when all restrictions are eventually lifted.

Having seen both sides of the coin - playing in front of 64,102 supporters against Salford in the 2019 Old Trafford Grand Final and facing Wigan Warriors in the final of the same competition last year at Hull FC with no fans in attendance - gives the Scotland international full back an insight of what to expect in any set of circumstances.

Coote, who has landed 507 points wearing the red-vee of St Helens as a result of 27 tries, 159 goals and one field goal, told Saints' TV: ''I'm really excited at the prospect of playing in front of our fans once more. and the whole team is raring to go.

''Due to the lack of crowds, we have had to create our own energy and atmosphere and having missed the early part of the season through injury and forced to sit in the stand, I could hear every word which was said on the field or in the dugout.''

Saints make only one change to their 21-man squad ahead of Monday night's clash with Salford - Josh Simm replacing injured winger Tommy Makinson.

Squad: Lachlan Coote Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomas, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Joel Thompson, Morgan Knowles,Sone Mata'utia, LMS, Kyle Amor, Agnatiius Paasi, Jack Welsby Aaron Smith Joe Bachelor, Lewis Dodd, Josh Simm, Dan Norman, and Ben Davies.