Yates' view: Injury a cruel blow for James Bentley
On cloud nine one minute and then down in the dumps the next!
That will be the contrasting feelings Saints' second rower James Bentley will have felt in the last few months - riding on the crest of wave after helping the club win the 2020 Grand Final against Wigan Warriors and now faces a long spell on the sidelines as a result of breaking a leg at Leigh last Friday night.
The former Bradford Bulls players, who joined St Helens in 2018, found it hard to break into the first team on arrival at the Totally Wicked Stadium but by sheer dedication and no shortage of skill eventually claimed a regular Super League spot and until his injury had been an ever-present this season.
It's a cruel piece of luck for the Yorkshireman and will, as head coach Kristian Woolf acknowledges, be a big loss to the club.
Saints have had their fair share of setbacks already this season but long-term injuries are part and parcel of the sport and can occur at any given time.
It's a case of showing patience on the road to recovery and taking every day as it comes.
The same applies to his team-mate and second rower Matty Foster,who broke his jaw in two places against Wigan Warriors when on loan at Leigh.
A speedy recovery to both boys!
* NOBODY will have gone into work this morning (Wednesday) with a bigger smile on his face than Saints' assistant coach Paul Wellens after his beloved Manchester City reached their first-ever Champions' League Final..
Just hope he is still smiling late on Friday night!