Giant prop Alex wants a quick start

Alex Walmsley
Alex Walmsley
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You could be forgiven for thinking that giant Saints prop Alex Walmsley is so tall that there’s no need for him to look up to anyone!

But the 6ft 5ins Yorkshireman has told how the likes of Tony Puletua, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Kyle Amor have helped him adapt so impressively to Super League.

The 24-year-old admits that the leap from Batley Bulldogs to Super League took him a while to come to terms with when he first signed for Saints.

But he’s now well and truly up to speed - despite undergoing a minor hip operation following last season’s Grand Final win. He said: “It was a bit of a culture shock when I first came into Super League.

“But I was lucky to come to a club which is always blessed with such a great coaching staff, and great players too.

“I look up to people like Kyle Amor and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and, in my first year here, Tony Puletua.

“They’ve all been there and done it.

“But they’re not just great players, they’re great off the pitch too.”

Walmsley, who saw his training monitored closely last year because of a nagging hip injury, is now back in full training following a “minor repair and clean-up” operation at the end of last season.But he reckons it is imperative that Saints start the season as quickly as last year - especially with the new Super League structure which will see the top eight determined after just 23 rounds.

He said: “We need to start the season quickly or we could end up playing catch-up.

“We’re the champions and it’s a great position to be in but everyone’s going to try to knock us off our perch now.

“We have to step up our game.

“There will be no opportunity to have an off week - especially with the new Super League structure.”